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Otto is Samsung's cute personal assistant robot

Engadget Engadget 27/04/2016 Nicole Lee
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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, a reference design for what is essentially an Amazon Echo clone. It has microphones and speakers so it can answer questions like "What's the weather?," plus you can use it to control various connected gadgets in your home like light switches and refrigerators.

Unlike the Echo though, it also has an HD camera on the face of it that can recognize faces or act as a security camera. There's also a small screen on it that displays a semblance of a face, plus it shows a variety of animations as well. If the weather is "rain," it'll show animations of rain drops, for example. As you can see in the video demo here, it can also "sing" and "dance" by bobbing its head around.

Otto isn't a real product just yet; it's just a prototype at the moment. It's being shown off at Samsung's developer conference to demo Samsung's ARTIK Internet of Things platform, which got the official nod from the company today as developers are now encouraged to create apps and devices to support it. Part of the effort is the introduction of the ARTIK Cloud, which stores a lot of the data that could be useful to run devices like the Otto.

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