Samsung unveiled a big new push into Internet of Things at its developer conference today, and it’s using a cute little robot to demonstrate it. It’s called the Otto.
Built on Samsung’s ARTIK IoT (Internet of Things) platform, Otto is similar to devices like the Amazon Echo, only it takes things to a new level with an HD camera that can be used for facial recognition or a security camera.
Unlike the lifeless Echo, Otto oozes personality, utilizing a small built-in screen that displays animated eyes to help bring the robot to life. The face can also show animations for things like weather and Otto can even sing and dance when the mood strikes her. Think EVE from Disney’s WALL-E and you’re on the right track.
But don’t run and grab your wallets just yet. Otta is just a prototype meant to showcase the power of Samsung’s ARTIK Cloud, something developers can already get started on developing to help build smart devices like, you guessed it, Otto.