After Russia’s ‘most advanced robot ever’ turned out to be a man in a suit, UK man in suit turns out to be robot called Jacob Rees-Mogg. (And other CES 2019 news).

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At CES 2019 in Las Vegas right now, the attendees will be testing out the latest gadgets but they’ll be on the lookout for technology that’s not quite as smart as it appears. Especially as recently, a robot hailed as the most advanced created in Russia turned out to be just a man in a suit.

Whilst in the UK, a man in a suit turned out to be a robot called Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Robotics company Robotemi announced at CES 2019 that it’s bringing Alexa to its Temi robot. So, for example, someone who can’t find their glasses can say,  “Alexa, go to the bedroom and check if my glasses are by the bed.”

And, when found, they will then blame Alexa for having moved them.

IT geeks are asking if the robot can attend conferences like CES 2019 for them, allowing them to pick up the freebies and, through remote access, play with the techie gadgets without any danger of having to interface with other humans.

A Japanese start-up has created the most unusual-looking smart device yet. Mui appears to be a plank of timber, but place your hand on it and it lights up to give you access to Google Assistant.

It’s reliability is being questioned, however, as every time journalists asked them how it performs, they were simply told “touch wood…”.

Lovot the pet robot has emerged as one of the early hits of the CES 2019 tech trade show. Lovot is one of a number of robots that their manufacturers hope will become like “pets” that owners will have an “emotional bond” with.

It will however mean that future generations fail to find TV’s most classic comedy sketch funny – as they fail to understand why John Cleese can’t just recharge his dead parrot.

Simon Paul Miller

Written By: Simon Paul Miller

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