LG’s CLOi robot didn’t get off to the best of starts when it first came out in 2018.
When David VanderWaal and CLOi were on stage at CES, CLOi stopped talking at the worst possible time. It made VanderWaal think that “CLOi doesn’t like me.”
Four years and many changes later, CLOi is now ready for business. This week, the Korean company CLOi announced the CLOi ServeBot robot for the U.S. market, which is a robot that can serve food.
For businesses like restaurants, retail stores, and hotels, LG said the device would be great because it is “semi-autonomous.”
The 53-inch-tall CLOi can run for up to 11 hours on a single charge. It can handle 66 pounds. Keep in mind, though, that CLOi can only go 2.2 mph.
“Precise multi-point deliveries” can be made “from densely packed restaurants to sprawling office complexes,” LG said. The robot has a lot of sensors and cameras that help it avoid collisions with people who are walking by.
If you look at the video below, LG was released last year. You can see CLOi moving around restaurant tables and serving food to customers. CLOi’s lack of arms means that someone else has to lift the plate of food from the tray to the table because CLOi doesn’t have enough arms.
People who work with CLOi are now being trained to use the robot in different business situations. LG says it will soon get in touch with businesses in the U.S. to see if they want to buy the robot.
CLOi ServeBot is a “breakthrough” for businesses like restaurants, stores, and hotels, LG’s Jeffrey Weiland said in a press release. It can help customers, like restaurants, stores, and hotels.
Businesses can use the CLOi ServeBot’s semi-autonomous operation to provide better service while freeing staff to work on customer relations and develop relationships that motivate repeat visits. Whether taking food from the kitchen to a table or taking packages from the storage area to the front counter, LG’s CLOi ServeBot can get around in almost any environment and let staff focus on customer service.
CLOi ServeBot is a better version of the CLOi robot that didn’t have a body at CES in 2018. When CLOi decided to ignore the company’s marketing manager, the demonstration at the tech event turned into a farce. The marketing manager did a good job. It’s below.
Four years later, we think LG engineers have made a huge improvement to CLOi, but how many businesses will use it is still up in the air