Robot turned off by Los Vegas crowdCentral Station | Jan 10, 2018
The ignoble failure in front of a media-heavy audience was in the countdown to the opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It happened after LG senior executive David VanderWaal strode up to demonstrate how the CLOi robot, shaped like a small snowman with a round screen face and endearing glowing eyes, could be told to boss around home appliances or tend to online tasks.
But CLOi ignored VanderWaal.
"CLOi doesn't like me evidently," he quipped, switching to using touch-screen controls on appliances to keep his 45-minute presentation moving along. "Even robots have bad days."
VanderWaal tried anew to get the robot to behave after going backstage while a video was shown to the audience, but CLOi wouldn't listen to him.