CES 2017: LG Unveils Hub Robot & Other Automated Helpers

LG has unveiled four new robots that it's showcasing at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The company's new robotic lineup includes the Hub Robot, Airport Guide Robot, Airport Cleaning Robot, and the Lawn Mowing Robot, all of which are a direct result of LG's latest push for advancements in artificial intelligence. The South Korean tech giant described all four of its products as worthwhile additions to the company's growing Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, although LG has yet to reveal when any of these products will be hitting the market or how much they'll cost.

The Hub Robot is designed as a traditional robotic helper focused on home automation. It's compatible with Amazon's Alexa AI assistant, meaning that it can operate just like the Echo. The Hub Robot boasts a touch-enabled display which the device can use to relay useful information to users. The robot is also equipped with a microphone and a high-quality speaker, as well as a camera which allows it to differentiate between members of your household. The screen of the device can display different faces, while the robot itself is capable of recognizing body language and reacting to it. The head of the unit was designed to nod in agreement when completing simple tasks or agreeing with its owner. While the Hub Robot is mobile to a degree, LG says it works best when it has a hub from which it operates. Since it isn't designed to move around a lot, LG also announced a lineup of Mini Robots which are used as an extension of the Hub Robot and are meant to be scattered around the house.

As their names suggest, the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot are both designed to facilitate the process of running an airport. The former will soon debut at Seoul's Incheon International Airport in South Korea, where it will serve as an airport guide capable of answering questions in English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. The Airport Guide Robot comes equipped with a ticket scanner which it uses to identify passengers and provide them with details about their flights, as well as tourist information about their destination and general directions within the airport. The Airport Guide Robot is completely mobile and capable of escorting passengers if they want it to. LG's Airport Cleaning Robot is an automated industrial-grade vacuum cleaner which uses a LIDAR and several other advanced technologies to navigate its surroundings. Finally, the Lawn Mowing Robot is an improved version of LG's robotic vacuum cleaners that's quick and efficient, as well as simple to install. This device is also equipped with a broad range of advanced sensors and mapping technologies which allow it to easily navigate around any yard.

 

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