Is Samsung developing robots?
Samsung is all over the place in your life, aren’t they? They make everything from dishwashers to refrigerators, all meant to make life easier. If reports out of Korea are true, Samsung may be working on a way you’ll never even have to load that dishwasher or stock the fridge yourself.
ET News is reporting that Samsung has allocated a task force to explore the possibility of service robots. The robots would be centered around health care, education, and entertainment. The report goes on to state Samsung believes robots will replace smartphones at some point, though they will initially be guided by apps on a phone. A “number of Samsung figures who masterminded the global success of Samsung smartphones” have also been added to this task force.
I’m just going to go ahead and declare shenanigans, here. Maybe I’ve just seen ‘I, Robot’ one too many times, but this doesn’t sit well with me. If Samsung thinks I’ll let a robot draw my blood, they’re nuts. Furthermore, a technology designed to succeed smartphones shouldn’t be controlled by them. Google Glass may tether to a smartphone, but with the addition of a cellular radio it can be a standalone device.
I would, however, enjoy a Stormtrooper. They’re pretty dumb, and pose little threat to anyone. They also never seem to get the job done, so I’d need a good app to control them. Maybe Samsung is right after all.