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Published on January 6th, 2017 | by The GC Team


From CES 2017 – Las Vegas: LG develops IoT ecosystem with new intelligent robots

LG Electronics is showcasing a family of new domestic and industrial robots at CES, highlighting the company’s commitment to innovations in artificial intelligence and practical, relevant contributions to the developing world of IoT.

Attracting a great deal of attention is the Hub Robot (pictured), designed to present a visually engaging “face”, and to multi-task as a smart home gateway and intelligent home notification centre, interacting at a high level with individuals in a household.

By connecting to other smart appliances in the home, the Hub Robot uses Amazon Alexa’s voice recognition technology to complete household tasks such as turning on the air conditioner or changing a dryer cycle with simple verbal commands. It is equipped with an interactive display that can showcase a wide variety of information such as images of the contents of the refrigerator, and recipes, complete with step-by-step audio instructions. Additionally, the Hub Robot offers everyday consumer conveniences such as the ability to play music, set alarms, create reminder memos and provide weather and traffic updates.

LG’s Hub Robot can interact with the entire family in a variety of different ways. It can move and swivel in place, and express a wide range of emotions by displaying a face on its display. It can recognise and respond to consumers’ 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.

The Hub Robot, says LG,  works best when placed in common areas of the house where family members tend to gather, such as the kitchen or the living room. To complement the Hub Robot, LG will also introduce mini robots that can be placed in other rooms in the house. These mini robots, also equipped with a visual display, are extensions of the Hub Robot and can perform many of the same functions.

 Take the effort out of lawn mowing

LG’s Lawn Mowing Robot is also attracting attention. Taking advantage of the years of development LG has invested in its HOM-BOT vacuum cleaner, it is claimed to trim grass accurately, reliably and safely. It continuously recognizes its own location, and is “aware” of the location of every obstacle in sight, such as trees or hedges. The fast-moving blade creates a quality finish, and its side wire simplifies the hitherto complicated installation process without the need to calculate offsets, making it easily accessible and user-friendly.

Industrial applications

LG is also showing industrial applications of its intelligent technology with robots designed to operate in public spaces. The Airport Guide Robot, which is soon to be employed in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, is an intelligent information assistant for travellers, answering questions in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. With a simple scan of a passenger’s ticket, the robot can provide detailed information about a flight’s boarding time and gate location, and even the weather of a traveller’s destination city. The airport robot offers directions to destinations inside the airport, along with estimated distances and walking times, and can even escort lost or late travellers to their gates, or any other airport location.

The line-up is completed with an industrial-sized robot vacuum. LG’s Airport Cleaning Robot is a super-sized robot vacuum equipped with a large-capacity dust canister, multiple brushes and motors. Capable of cleaning everything from tiles to carpet floors, this robot is equipped with the latest in smart sensors and multiple cameras to ensure safe performance in crowded public areas. Multiple sensors using light detection and ranging (LIDAR), as well as sensitive bumpers which detect obstacles, are employed throughout, and localization and mapping (SLAM) technology ensures the robot is always aware of its location.

Song Dae-hyun, president of LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company, commented: “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. 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 new robot collection is on display at LG’s CES booth (Central Hall #11100) in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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