LG expands its ‘CLOi’ family of robots

New models cater to commercial use in hotels and shops, with ongoing trials for airport guest services

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LG expands its ‘CLOi’ family of robots The Airport Guide Robot is designed to roam the airport providing information and assistance passengers.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 25, 2018

LG has unveiled three additional robots designed for commercial use at hotels and shops, adding to its Hub Robot range for home use and ongoing trials of ‘airport robots’ at Incheon International Airport (IIA) in South Korea

The new robots will be able to serve refreshments, carry suitcases and assist with shopping. LG’s range of AI-enabled robots products are all trademarked under the “CLOi” umbrella brand.

Most people are aware of how AI technology is changing the way consumers interact with companies – speeding up various processes and making them more streamlined than ever before. AI is starting to have a greater and more positive impact on society in the realms of medicine, engineering, technology and beyond.

Kevin Cha, president of LG Electronics Middle East & Africa commented: “As modern electronics and technology continue to intertwine and become evidently more important to the daily lives of our trend-setting consumers, there is a tremendous opportunity to engage people in newer and more innovative ways. LG has been involved with smart technology and robotics for many years. Our growing AI line-up and ongoing trials of intuitive robots dispatched at IIA are a testament to our commitment to create trustworthy and revolutionary technologies to help people all over the world. I look forward to seeing this technology being introduced to the Gulf region in the near future.”

The Hub Robot, equipped with Amazon Alexa’s voice recognition technology and unveiled in 2017, is a device designed to enhance family life by connecting to other smart appliances at home. The robot will be able to accomplish household tasks such as turning on the air conditioner or changing the dryer cycle. It will also act as an adaptable personal assistant, being able to provide users with entertainment and organisation options at home, able to play music, set alarms, create reminders and provide weather and traffic updates. It can also monitor the home when no one is around.

The Airport Guide Robot is designed to roam the airport providing information and assistance passengers, while the Airport Cleaning Robot will be on hand to keep floors clean.

The three additional conceptual robots include the serving robot, which contains a built-in sliding tray and can deliver food and drinks in hotels and airports. Then there’s the porter robot, which can tote around luggage and handle “express check-in and check-out services”, and finally the shopping robot, which will be able follow customers around supermarkets and stores, collecting shopping items and tallying up prices.

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