LG Electronics has introduced three new concept robots specifically developed for commercial use at hotels, airports and supermarkets – at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018.
With the new robots --- Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Robot, LG aims to expand its business into robotics technology.
All the three robots are part of LG’s new CLOi (pronounced KLOH-ee) robot brand, and follow in the footsteps of the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot that recently completed successful trial runs at Korea’s Incheon International Airport.
The purpose of the Serving Robot is to deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently. The robot can deliver food or refreshments around the clock and with its built-in sliding tray, present the tray to the customer for easy removal. Once the delivery is confirmed, the Serving Robot makes its way back on its own.
Designed to deliver luggage to the guests’ rooms, the Porter Robot minimises the inconvenience that may result from slow service and long wait times during a hotel stay. The Porter Robot can also handle express check-in and check-out service and take care of payment, allowing busy guests to check out and have their luggage delivered to a waiting car in a fraction of the time.
With the help of LG’s Shopping Cart Robot, customers can scan items using a barcode reader on the robot to view product prices and see their complete shopping list on the face display. The robot can also guide shoppers to the products they select on a smartphone app.
LG’s CLOi robots will be developed in parallel to ThinQ products –the company’s AI-based arm for consumer electronics and home appliances.
“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,” said Ryu Hye-jung, Head Smart Solution Business Division, LG Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company.