Feb 23rd, 2016

The LG G5 was the obvious focal point of LG’s Mobile World Congress showing, but the company brought a whole gang of other goodies with them. One of those goodies is the thing you see right here: the Rolling Bot.

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The LG Rolling Bot gets its name from its function: it’s a robot, and it rolls. You control it with LG’s smartphone app, and it responds to your input. We’ve seen such wonders before — hello, Sphero Ball — but LG has done some cool things with their take.

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Onboard is a camera, so you can see what’s in front of the robot. This makes it possible to use the Rolling Bot when you’re not even at home, because, well, you can see where the heck you’re going. It could be used as a home monitoring tool, or just a cool way to keep your dogs and cats busy while you’re at work. A speaker lets you speak to whoever is around to listen (which could be that aforementioned pet if you’re on of those people).

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The other cool thing LG added is an infrared beam, so you could control home appliances and televisions if you program the commands into the app. Not too shabby, LG.

The execution of the “rolling” bit left a bit to be desired if our time on LG’s whacky race course was anything to go by, but we’re sure they’ll have everything properly tuned by the time they get ready to sell it. Who’s buying a Rolling Bot?

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