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LG brings its CLOi service robot to the United States

Don’t be shocked if a robot serves you the next time you eat out or go on vacation. LG is bringing its CLOi ServeBot in the United States, providing hotels, restaurants and stores with a semi-autonomous machine that can haul up to 66 pounds of food and other goods in a high-traffic space. While humans must pre-program maps and set destinations, the bot can use a 3D camera, LiDAR, and sensors to dodge people and detect when someone has removed an item from a shelf.

Like other CLOi robots, the ServeBot uses its 9.2-inch touchscreen both to display a friendly face to guests and to take information. It’s not fast at 2.2 MPH, but its 11 hours of continuous use should be enough for a long day’s work.

This is not the first LG robot to cross the United States. The Korean tech company brought its UV-C robot disinfectant to the United States in 2021. However, the timing may be right. US businesses grapple with the combination of job shortages (especially in service roles) and an evolving pandemic that adds risk to hotel waiting tables or front desk management . ServeBot won’t completely replace human workers, but it could alleviate the spur of job shortages and reduce exposure for workers who frequently have to deal with the public.

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