Watch LG’s New Voice Assistant Completely Ignore a Company VP at CES

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: LG Electronics's CLoi robot is displayed during a LG press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9-12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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LG’s presentation of its new voice assistant did not go exactly as planned at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

In a video from the BBC, LG’s Vice President of Marketing David VanderWaal cannot get the device thing to even acknowledge some of his questions. The assistant is named CLOi (pronounced like the name Chloe) and, in theory, can do everything from telling you what’s on your calendar to pre-setting your washer and dryer for special modes depending on what you have planned that day. That is, if you’re someone other than VanderWaal.

The clip starts off well enough, but after some initial queries, CLOi starts ignoring VanderWall altogether. When he asks the device what he can do with the ingredients in his smart refrigerator, he’s hit with the cold shoulder.

“CLOi are you talking to me yet?” he inquires. “What recipes could I make with chicken?”

Watch it all unfold below.