It’s been touted as one of the smartest robots yet, which could revolutionise the way we interact with machines.
But LG Electronics executives have been left red-faced after a disastrous demonstration of the firm’s CLOi robot.
During a presentation on stage at the CES tech conference in Las Vegas, the table-top robot failed to obey spoken commands.
Mr David VanderWaal, US marketing vice president at LG, took to the stage to demonstrate how CLOi – which is designed to control home appliances and help organise tasks – operates.
Initially, the robot obliged, replying to Mr VanderWaal’s greetings by saying: “Good morning Dave, I hope you’re well. What can I do for you today?”
But after a promising start the robot appeared to malfunction, and ignored several questions asked by Mr VanderWaal, including “Am I ready on my washing cycle?” and “What’s for dinner tonight?”
Mr VanderWaal tried to make light of the embarrassing situation, saying: “CLOi doesn’t like me evidently.
“Even robots have bad days.’
He then continued the rest of the presentation using a touchscreen to control the robot.
CLOi is a group of robots designed for commercial use including in hotels, airports and supermarkets.
It is unclear when, or if, LG plans to release the robots on the market, or how much they will cost.