This LG robot could soon be serving your restaurant meal

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When LG’s CLOI robot first came out in 2018, it didn’t get off to the best possible start.

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On stage at CES with David Vanderwaal, LG’s former marketing chief, CLOI clashed at the worst possible time, leading Vanderwaal to conclude that “CLOI doesn’t like me.”

Four years later, and after several iterations, CLOi is now ready for prime time, with the Korean company this week announcing the CLOi Servbot robot for the US market.

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LG said the semi-autonomous contraption is ideal for “complex commercial environments” such as restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

Capable of handling loads of up to 66 pounds, the 53-inch-tall CLOi can last up to 11 hours on a single charge. But don’t expect anything to happen in a hurry, as the CLOI only has a top speed of 2.2 mph.

The robot can be programmed for multiple floor plans, “enabling precise multi-point distribution from densely packed restaurants to spacious office complexes,” LG said, with a slew of sensors and cameras. Helps avoid collisions with passing employees and customers. ,

A video (below) released by LG last year shows the CLOI trundling between restaurant tables and serving trays of food to customers. Well, almost serving, because the lack of CLOI in the hands department means a human actually has to lift the food from tray to table.

LG said it is currently training operators how to integrate CLOI into various business settings and will soon reach out to US companies to gauge interest in the robot.

LG’s Jeffrey Weiland said, “The LG CLOI Servbot is truly a success for all types of consumer-focused businesses, from restaurants to retail stores to hotels.” said in a release.

“CLOI Servbot’s semi-autonomous operation provides businesses with an effective means to provide advanced service, while freeing up employees to focus on customer relationships and build repeat relationships. Whether it’s in the kitchen Whether it’s delivering food to the table or packages from the storage room to the front counter, LG’s CLOI Servbot can navigate virtually any environment and frees up staff to handle customer service directly.

The CLOi ServeBot is a more advanced version of the unrelated CLOi robot that appeared at CES in 2018. An onstage performance at the tech event was shattered when CLOi decided to ignore the company’s head of marketing, who, to be fair, took over the situation. Brilliant. You can watch the disaster below.

Four years later and we’re assuming LG engineers have created a much better CLOI, though how many businesses will call on its services remains to be seen.




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