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LG’s robots will replace workers in hotels, supermarkets and airports, launching at CES 2018

LG might have lost the wow factor in the smartphone industry, but the Korean company never stops to impress in other areas.

At last year’s CES, LG showcased an interesting set of robots meant to help people find their way as well as help with cleaning services in airports. The pair (Airport Guide Robot and Airport Cleaning Robot) has been testing at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea for a while now and it seems LG is happy with the results. For this reason, the company is set to repeat the same feat at this year’s CES 2018, which kicks off on January 9th.

At the annual tech show, LG will unveil robots that’ll at some point replace workers in hotels, supermarkets and airports. Yes, you are right! These robots, whose range LG has baptized CLOi, are meant to help with carrying your suitcase, shopping in supermarkets and even carry your drinks in hotels. This time around, there are three robots, but technical details about them remain scarce, be it their sizes or how fast they can move around.

Looking at the images, though, the trio of robots will definitely move around with the help of some hidden wheels. They also come with an inbuilt screen probably for inputting instructions and displaying results or information.

The CLOi serving robot comes with an inbuilt sliding tray meant for food and drinks’ delivery in hotels and airports; the CLOi shopping robot will follow you around a store and collect your shopping and by the time you are done, the robot will also have the total price ready for you; on the other hand, the CLOi porter robot, as you may have guessed, will be the one carrying your luggage. In fact, LG says this one will be able to handle “express check-in and check-out services”, which sounds pretty cool.

As pointed out earlier, the two robots announced at the CES 2017 have been undergoing tests before they finally become mainstream products. When this happens is still unknown, but the story is also the same with this year’s robots. They are still concepts and won’t be available for use by the public anytime soon, at least until after they are trialed and certified for public use.

Source: Korea Times

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