Last year’s CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, saw a couple of robots introduced by manufacturing giant LG, and the company is continuing that trend this year with the introduction of the CLOi robot, which is actually offered in three separate versions: Serving Robot, Porter Robot, and Shopping Cart Robot. CLOi is actually the successor to the trial runs of the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot at the Incheon International Airport. LG decided to expand the robot product line after the success of the trial, and the announcement of the new models as the response. Interestingly, all three new models feature roughly the same size as the Airport Guide Robot.
LG’s Serving Robot, as the name suggests, can be used in many areas, such as airport lounges, hotels, and even restaurants, where it can deliver drinks, meals and other items to patrons using the sliding tray. Additionally, there is a second compartment up top to deliver other items that either can’t fit on the tray, or for extra storage.
The Porter Robot is meant to act as a Point-of-Sale, or POS, where it can handle express check-in and check-out, including payments to reduce wait times at hotels. The Porter Robot can also carry suitcases, although there is no exact word as to what the maximum size is.
The Shopping Cart Robot, as the name suggests, is meant to carry items in a bag and will follow you around at premium supermarkets. There is even a built-in barcode scanner, which lets users quickly check prices of items, as well as displaying a shopping list.
As is usual with CES announcements, specific details about the three CLOi robots is almost non-existent, but more details will likely be released when the show starts here shortly.
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