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LG introduces latest range of airport robots at CES

Korean technology developer LG Electronics has unveiled the latest additions to its CLOi range of work robots at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, running from January 9-12, 2018.

The new additions include a serving robot, porter robot and shopping cart robot, which follow the airport guide and cleaning robots showcased at CES last year. The airport robots are already being trialled at Incheon International Airport in South Korea, where they help thousands of visitors daily.

The CLOi serving robot delivers food and beverages to guests of hotels and airport lounges, whereas the porter robot helps reduce long wait times by providing express check-in services and delivering luggage to waiting vehicles. The CLOi shopping cart robot includes a barcode reader that customers can use to scan items and view product prices as they are placed within the robot’s basket.

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

The new robots are being developed alongside LG ThinQ, the company’s AI brand for consumer electronics and home appliances. Both CLOi and ThinQ are designed to take advantage of LG’s DeepThinQ deep learning technology, delivering both emotional interaction and innovative convenience.

During the CES presentation, one of LG’s ThinQ robots, which is used for managing smart applications in the home, repeatedly failed to recognize commands given by David VanderWaal, LG’s US marketing chief. In spite of the malfunction, LG remains confident of the potential impact of its DeepThinQ AI technology.

“DeepThinQ is the embodiment of our open philosophy – to provide the most powerful AI solutions to our customers via a strategy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity,” said Dr I P Park, chief technology officer, LG Electronics. “With DeepThinQ, LG Electronics is leading the world in the development of AI and the many ways in which Life’s Good with LG smart appliances and other products.”

Written by Daniel Symonds

January 11, 2018


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