LG reveals trio of ‘friendly’ robots designed to replace workers in supermarkets, hotels and airports

A trio of new robots from tech giant LG are set to be shown off at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The little ‘droids are designed to carry out tasks at airports, hotels and supermarkets – such as carrying suitcases or giving directions.

And to make sure they’re up to the task of replacing human workers, the South Korean company has added “friendly” faces with bright, digital eyes.

The robots are all currently concepts, and a long way from being ready for public use. But it does give a glimpse of the automation that could be used in service industries that currently employ upwards of 800 million workers worldwide.

One of the robots has been specifically designed to carry food and drinks to customers at hotels and airport lounges. Another has been built to carry baggage to and from hotel rooms.
Each one is about the size of a dustbin and has a touchscreen “face” that can be used to display maps or directions.

The robots won’t ever need a salary, time off or even a tip like their human counterparts – they’ll just need the occasional servicing and charging break.

The machines form part of LG’s new ‘CLOi’ range, which is the new brand for all of its robot products. Two of the robots are already being tested at South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

“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,” said 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.”


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