“Why, don’t you look fresh,” a grandmotherly robot in a rocking chair told me, admiring my just-washed hair and reminding me to hydrate throughout the day. The adorable and slightly unsettling robot was a precursor to the Google Ride, an attraction the tech company set up at its Google Assistant Playground at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday (Jan. 8).
Seated two to a car on the Disney-like amusement ride, reminiscent of the “It’s A Small World” attraction for its detailed displays and haunting music, we experienced a day in the life with Google Assistant. We followed a man as he managed the household (his wife was traveling on business), and we got a cake for grandma’s birthday, hence the grandmother we met at the start of the experience.
Google, which blanketed the Las Vegas Monorail and other billboards with ads for its Google Assistant during CES, went all out with the four-minute-long attraction, which even burst outside into the Las Vegas sunshine for a few moments, and snapped an obligatory photo that riders could pick up afterward, just like at a theme park.