LG introduced an entire line up of robots at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, including a cute home robot that acts as a smart home gateway and intelligent home notification center.
Other robots, meanwhile, use IoT and Smart technology for use in airports and other public spaces.
“LG has been involved in Smart technology and robotics for many years with the HOM-BOT robot vacuum cleaner being our most visible consumer effort,” said LG president Song Dae-hyun. “Here at CES, we’re demonstrating how we’re taking the knowledge gleaned from years of research and applying that to various situations inside and outside the home.”
LG’s Hub Robot connects to other Smart appliances in the home. It uses Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, to complete household tasks, such as turning on the air conditioner or changing a dryer cycle, with verbal instructions.
The Hub Robot has an interactive display that can showcase everything from images of your refrigerator’s contents to recipes, to complete with step-by-step audio instructions. The robot can also play music, set alarms, create reminder memos and provide weather and traffic updates.
“With its friendly, anthropomorphic design, LG’s Hub Robot can interact with the entire family in a variety of different ways,” reads a company press release. “It can move and swivel in place, as well as express a wide range of emotions by displaying a face on its display. The Hub Robot is designed to respond to consumers using body language, such as nodding its head when answering simple questions, and is always aware of activities inside the home, such as when family members leave, come home and go to bed. And because the Hub Robot is able to distinguish different family members’ faces with its camera, it can be programmed with a different greeting for each family member.”
LG also plans to market mini robots that can be placed in other rooms in the house to act as extensions of the Hub Robot. They will be able to perform many of the same functions.
Other robots in LG’s new line are the Airport Guide Robot, which offers information and assistance for travelers, answering questions in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean; the Airport Cleaning Robot, an industrial-sized robot vacuum and the Lawn Mowing Robot.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.