LG’s Rolling Robot Ball Looks FamiliarBy - 02/22/2016
Rolling onto the scene, LG has introduced a robotic ball that is part cat toy, part home security. The ball looks eerily familiar, taking an unabashed swipe at Orbii. Though the two rolling security robots look the same, they are different.
The LG Rolling Bot is about 6″ in diameter and was demoed for the press at Mobile World Congress. On the other hand, Orbii is slightly smaller at 4.5″ and launched earlier this year at CES. A second major difference between the two devices is that Orbii is compatible with a range of personal devices, where Rolling Bot was created as a companion to the LG G5. Finally, Orbii is modular with a swappable set of features, where Rolling Bot comes with a fixed set of features.
LG Rolling Bot Features
From a marketing perspective, LG is trying to differentiate itself by including a laser that is aimed at entertaining your pets while you are away. In some ways, they are stealing yet another idea from the interactive pet camera known as PetCube. So is there anything unique about LG’s Rolling Bot? Yes and no.
So far, what appears to be unique is Rolling Bot’s connectivity. The device is said to have the ability to connect to other devices in your home using Bluetooth. Second, the device can dance. Beyond that, many of the device’s features have been seen before. At the same time, it is the device’s performance that matters more than promised hardware and, as both Orbii and Rolling Bot have yet to announce availability, no one can really say which ball-shaped robot you should trust with your home’s security.
The LG Rolling Bot Includes:
- An 8MP Camera
- Infrared Sensors
- Two-Way Audio
- A Laser
- Ability to work with other LG Smart Devices (TVs, Lights, Appliances)
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- The ability to stream video to your phone
If you strictly compare Orbii and Rolling Bot’s on-paper ability to protect your home, Orbii would win. While Rolling Bot can live stream video, Orbii adds things like a motion sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, gas sensor, and even video storage.
The biggest advantage Rolling Bot has over Orbii is that it includes a gyroscope. When it rolls across the floor it doesn’t literally roll – it stays flat, gliding along as it goes. On the other hand, Orbii rolls. At CES, we asked Orbii’s Co-Founder to explain how this impacts video.
As it’s rolling around, it is streaming live video. When you roll the camera, it freezes a frame to the user when the camera is not going forward. And it starts streaming live again when it comes back to the same position. So you get a frame-by-frame view of what’s happening in your home.
Pricing and availability of both devices is still TBD. You can keep in touch with Orbii by signing up on their website and look for more information on Rolling Bot after G5 launches in the US.