The next time you eat out or go on vacation, don’t be surprised if a robot serves you. LG Hall Fetching Its CLOi Servbot provides a semi-autonomous machine to hotels, restaurants and stores in the United States that can carry food and other products up to 66lbs across a busy space. People have to set pre-program maps and destinations, bots can use a 3D camera, LiDAR and sensors to trick people and detect when someone has removed an item from a tray.
Like other CLOi robots, the Servbot uses its 9.2-inch touchscreen for both. Make a friendly face For guests and take input. It is not fast at 2.2MPH, but its 11 hours of continuous use should suffice for long working days.
This is not the first LG robot to cross the United States. The Korean tech firm brought its antiseptic UV-C robot to the United States in 2021. However, the timing may be appropriate. American companies are grappling with a combination of job shortages (especially in the role of services) and a growing epidemic that increases the risk at the waiting table or helming the hotel front desk. ServeBot will not completely replace human workers, but it can reduce job losses and reduce exposure for workers who often have to deal with the public.
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