LG Electronics will unveil three more work robots at CES 2018 – targeting deals from hotels, airports and supermarkets.
LG’s new CLOi robot brand, the Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Cart Robot follow in the footsteps of the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot that recently completed trial runs at Korea’s Incheon International Airport.
The Lawn Mowing Robot and the affable Hub Robot, which recently participated in a trial at one of Korea’s largest financial institutions providing information and servicing customers at the bank’s branches, are also part of the CLOi family.
LG said Serving Robot delivers meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges efficiently. The robot can deliver food or refreshments around the clock and with its built-in sliding tray, present the tray to the customer for easy removal. Once the delivery is confirmed, the Serving Robot makes its way back on its own.
Cleaning Robot market is expected to grow from $2.09 billion in 2018 to $4.34 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 16.21 percent between 2018 and 2023. The growth of this robot market is mainly driven by factors such as penetration of automation in household appliances, rise in labor cost, and increasing safety concern, according to MarketsandMarkets.
The main vendors in the Cleaning Robot market include iRobot, Neato Robotics, LG Electronics, Samsung, Ecovacs Robotics, Dyson, Intellibot Robotics, Alfred Karcher, ILIFE, bObsweep, Bissell Homecare, Miele, Cyberdyne, Vorwerk, and Monoprice.
LG said the Porter Robot designed to deliver luggage to guests’ rooms and minimize inconvenience that may result from slow service and long wait times during a hotel stay. The Porter Robot can also handle express check-in and check-out service and take care of payment, allowing guests to check out and have their luggage delivered to a waiting car in a fraction of the time.
LG’s Shopping Cart Robot assists customers to scan items using a barcode reader on the robot to view product prices and see their complete shopping list on the face display. The robot can also guide shoppers to the products they select on a smartphone app.
LG’s CLOi robots will be developed in parallel to ThinQ products, LG’s AI brand for consumer electronics and home appliances. CLOi is LG’s brand designed to deliver both emotional interaction and innovative convenience to customers utilizing AI technology.