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LG’s Star Wars-style robot gets UK release date, but it’s not cheap

Like a minimalist cousin of Star Wars’ BB-8 droid, the LG Rolling Bot is a welcome space-age innovation. And it’s coming to the UK very soon.

LG’s rolling surveillance camera – the LG Rolling Bot – has finally been listed on Mobile Fun. The website has put the robot up for pre-order at a hefty £229, with deliveries expected to start from August 1.

Unfortunately, the page seems to be down right now. That suggests that the listing was mistakenly published, or that the site is experiencing higher-than-usual levels of traffic. In any case, keep an eye on the site, as the Rolling Bot is definitely a cool buy.

But what is it? Unveiled at this year’s CES, the LG Rolling Bot is part-toy, part-home security system. It’s a plasticky ball with two hemispherical wheels that comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and a speaker. It’s even got a laser point to wind your pets up with.

The ball is controlled via a smartphone app, which is available for download on both Android and iOS. You can also use the app to check out a live-stream of your house, and play with your cat or dog using the laser pointer.

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It’s not yet clear whether LG plans to sell the Rolling Bot through official channels, but third-party retailers are better than no retailers at all.

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