By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 05:54 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 05:54 GMT, 7 January 2020
Samsung have unveiled a tiny robot assistant in the shape of a ball, which can roll around and help patrol a users home - and even act as a fitness buddy.
The tech giant unveiled ‘Ballie’ during one of two keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Samsung consumer electronics CEO H.S. Kim demonstrated how the ball-shaped bot is able to follow its owner around, traveling closely but also recognizing personal space and speed.
Samsung's ‘Ballie’ was revealed during one of two keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
Samsung consumer electronics CEO H.S. Kim demonstrated how the ball-shaped bot works
When Kim stepped forward, Ballie reacted by wheeling itself further back; when Kim began to increase his pace, Ballie sped up.
‘I think he likes me,’ Kim said turning to the crowd.
Ballie is also voice-activated. Kim was able to call the device to attention by uttering ‘Say hello, Ballie.’
Samsung says that users can employ the device to patrol their home and keep them safe, and as a fitness assistant that gently nudges users to keep moving.
It can also be used as a remote control that helps seniors connect with the other smart devices in their home - and call for help in an