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Erwarten Sie nicht so schnell einen persönlichen Roboter-Butler.

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Before the Consumer Electronics Show opens to all its attendees, there’s a press day in which many of the bigger manufacturers put on elaborate productions to show off their new products, announce new partnerships, and give us a glimpse into their future tech. It helps set the tone for the show and really get people fired up to hit the floor and check out some new gadgets.

This year, LG was one of the first companies on the press conference schedule, and one of its marquis demos was a Hub Robot that embodies the company’s digital home assistant, CLOi—pronounced like the human name, Chloe. Instead of making LG look like the future of technology, however, this robot served as a good reminder of just how far we are from the autonomous robot butlers we’ve been promised.

The CLOi bot has a vaguely humanoid face and the kind of cloying appeal you’d expect from a Pixar character. The bot was cooperative at first, responding to LG marketing chief David VanderWaal initially before CLOi started doing its best moody teenager impression. The bot stopped responding in front of a room full of tech reporters. The blip wasn’t totally unexpected since robots require things like a reliable internet connection and freedom from wireless interference, both of which are in short supply at CES. But even if it had worked, CLOi isn’t the robot of our dreams; it’s mostly just a conduit between a user and LG’s ThinQ smart home tech, which exists as a loosely connected group of smart gadgets scattered throughout your home.

I want a robot in my house that does stuff for me. Remember that scene in Rocky IV when that terrible robot delivers Pauly a birthday cake? Where’s that robot?

The rest of the robots
Scanning the rest of the CES robots doesn’t hold much in the way of promising our own robotic servant, either.

Perhaps the most promising is the Aeolus, a humanoid robot that can actually achieve tedious household tasks like vacuuming or fetching things from other rooms. Right now, however, it’s only a working prototype of a bot that will be absurdly expensive even if it makes its way to market.

Misty Robotics introduced its Misty I robot at CES as well. The bot gives programmers the tech they need to start personalizing an android without having to build the hardware. Even that robot, however, is in its early stages, and the company’s founders still see a true Rosie-style robot arriving roughly a decade from now.

What about the humanoids?
We first met Sophia from Hanson Robotics back in 2016. Her kinda-human face straddles the border between impressive and nightmarish. This year, the bot got a body that can take actual steps. They’re precarious and not particularly useful, but she took steps. Still, watching her wobble makes Sophia’s viability as a personal robot seem like it’s decades away.

 

Die anderen
Eine der großen Geschichten in der Personal Robotics auf der CES 2018 war Kuri, ein Roboter, den wir erstmals auf der CES 2017 trafen. Bis vor etwa einem Monat kam die Einzelhandelsversion jedoch nicht einmal in die Regale, und es hat sich nicht viel verändert, außer dass sie nun in der Lage ist, als autonome Familienfotografin zu agieren.

Dann ist da noch Aibo, Sonys unbestreitbar bezaubernder Roboterhund. Es ist ein lustiges Spielzeug, aber trotzdem ein Spielzeug. Es ist auch ein Spielzeug, das wir zum ersten Mal vor mehr als einem Jahrzehnt kennengelernt haben. Der neue Aibo hat einen Verkaufspreis von mehr als 1.700 US-Dollar und erfordert einen Cloud-Abonnement-Service, wenn Sie überhaupt einen erhalten können.