The robots are coming! After a glittering debut at last year’s CES, LG is expanding its robot lineup with three new bots at this year’s convention.
Newly dubbed as the CLOi (pronounced like “Chloe”) brand, LG’s new robots are moving into hotels and supermarkets. The new Serving Robot, Porter Robot, and Shopping Cart Robot join the successfully tested Airport Guide Robot and Airport Cleaning Robot. Tested at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, the latter two robots ease the airport experience for stressed travelers.
Meanwhile, the Serving Robot makes its way to hotels and airport lounges. The robot’s purpose is to serve food and refreshments to guests and customers. It carries a built-in sliding tray for easy removal during and after serving.
The Porter Robot cuts through waiting times usually incurred during a hotel stay. As its namesake, the robot carries luggage for guests to and from their hotel rooms. It can also process check-ins, check-outs, and other payments.
Finally, the Shopping Cart Robot takes on inconvenience at supermarkets. While it isn’t exactly a shopping cart, the robot can scan items with a barcode reader. It can also pull up a customer’s shopping list for easy review. Lost customers can run a smartphone app to use the robot as a guide to products.
In concept, LG’s new robots push the boundaries of robot technology. In practice, however, the CLOi’s debut at CES suffered from stage fright. On the stage, CLOi ignored commands from the presenter, responding only with blinks. Only time will tell if these hiccups bump CLOi’s real-world debut down a notch.
Podcast Episode 1: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show
In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.
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The InstaView ThinQ is the fridge of the future. It’s equipped with the smart voice assistant Alexa which means you will be able to talk to it — the better to figure out what you want to eat! Not only that, it will suggest recipes depending on what food items you have stored. The best part is that it can be connected to your phone and all your other smart appliances for a seamless everyday home experience.
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