LG has announced that next week during CES they plan to announce three new concept robots. These robots are meant for commercial areas including restaurants, airports, markets and much more. These new robots are an extensive part of the companies new one-year-old robot lineup and its pushing to dominate the industry.
The companies robots are also parts of CLOi (pronounced KLOH-ee), LG’s new robot brand. These robots are dubbed Serving Robot, Porter Robot, and Shopping Cart Robot. There are other robots in the lineup as well including Lawn Mowing Robot and Hub Robot. The duo took part in a recent trial at a large financial institution in Korea.
The new shopping robot is similar to the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot both of which went through successful trial runs. Thet rials were held at the Incheon International Airport and it was more than a success according to the company. The Shopping Cart Robot which appears to be based on them will let customers scan items via a barcode reader on the device so they can look up the product’s prices and the entire shopping list on its face.
In addition, if the user wants to purchase the item in the store it will help guide shoppers and they can even select items in the related smartphone app which will make shopping a lot more interesting and faster for many users.
As for the Serving Robot, it delivers ‘meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges.’ It has a built-in sliding tray that can be easily removed after serving. After each delivery is confirmed, the robot comes back on its own.
Finally, is LG’s new work robot dubbed the Porter Robot. This robot is meant to deliver luggage to users rooms which are targeting the hotel and motel market but can, in theory, be used for other applications. In addition, the Porter Robot can even handle check-in and check out service and can handle payment processing.
LG revealed that the CLOi robots will be further developed along with the ThinQ products. CLOi is the company’s brand that aims at delivering ‘both emotional interaction and innovative convenience to customers utilizing AI technology.’ ThinQ, on the other hand, is LG’s AI brand focusing on ‘consumer electronics and home appliances.’
Ryu Hye-Jung, the head of LG’s Home Appliance and Air Solutions Company said in a statement: “As an important part of our future growth engine, LG is committed to expanding its portfolio of robots that can deliver real convenience and innovation in our customers’ lives. We will continue to develop a wide range of products across commercial and home robots while seeking new opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the robotics industry.”
What are your thoughts on these new robots are they going to improve our standard of living or will the vast majority of people never get the chance to experience these interesting little bots?