— We expected a new, modular flagship phone from LG, and we imagined there
might be a VR-related gadget in the mix — both turned out to be true — but what
we didn’t expect was a robot.
that’s exactly what LG gave us here at Mobile World Congress: a ball-shaped,
home-monitoring robot that you control with your phone and use it to amuse your
pets, control home appliances and see what’s happening in your house.
Rolling Bot (don’t call it a “ball,” LG reps said, but everyone did) connects
to your home network via Wi-Fi and has a microphone and a speaker, an
8-megapixel camera and a laser pointer.
gave us several use cases — in one mode, the robot starts rolling around in a
frenzy, pointing the laser dot around it and making R2D2-style noises, which
should make your cat less bored while you’re away.
one usage scenario I liked the most, though, was the surveillance aspect. The
Rolling Bot has a decent camera, and you can see what the robot sees as you
control it with your smartphone.