CES 2018: LG To Unveil Robots That Serve You Drinks, Check You Into Your Hotel Room, Help You Shop


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We’ve talked about how robots are coming for your job in the past and even shared this handy tool that tells you if your profession is susceptible to being taken by some R2-D2-looking droid. LG is set to unveil their latest line of robots that may take human jobs at airports, hotels, and grocery stores. The line of CLOi robots will be revealed this week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, LG rolled out its Airport Guide Robot, Airport Cleaning Robot, Lawn Mowing Robot, and Hub Robot. This year’s crop of service-oriented robots includes the Serving Robot, the Shopping Cart Robot, and the Porter Robot. These new androids will assist customers at supermarkets as well as travelers at hotels and airports.

The Serving Robot is designed to work at hotel and airport food markets. Instead of having a human worker who could be a security threat at an airport, the Serving Robot takes orders, delivers food and drink, and even cleans up by taking dirty trays and plates. The Shopping Cart Robot is made for premium supermarkets and will follow customers around the store to help select the perfect food and drink. The robot will be equipped with a barcode scanner to confirm prices and has a display to show the customer’s shopping list. The robot will also lead customers to products they can’t find like breadcrumbs. Where the hell are the breadcrumbs? The spice aisle, the Italian aisle or the bread aisle? The Porter robot has a carry platform where hotel guests can load their luggage on. The robot will then transport the customer’s luggage to their room. Plus, travelers can check-in and check-out through the robot as well as pay.

“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,” says Ryu Hye-jung, head of the smart solution business division of LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “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.”

All three robots are still concepts, so they are not yet for sale. But soon enough they will be integrated into real life and start taking away jobs from humans. Want more awesome products that will debut at CES 2018? Check out the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV and the Workhorse SureFly personal helicopter.

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