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Busy airports can be tricky to navigate at the best of times. High-tech displays and illuminated carpets can help, but LG thinks their cheery little robots will be a big improvement.
The appropriately-named Airport Guide Robot is styled like something straight out of Wall-E. It’s a polyglot, too, able to communicate with travelers in English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.
Need help making your way to the gate? Show the AGR your ticket and the massive display on its belly will light up with all the information you need, including departure time, boarding status, and directions.
It’ll even tell you how far away you are and roughly how long it’s going to take to make the trek. If you’re not confident in your navigational abilities, the bot will happily lead you there. Maybe you’re just looking for a newsstand, a place to grab a nice smoothie, or you really, really, need to find the can. No problem! The Guide Robot is ready to assist with tasks like those, too.
And because it’s just not practical to unleash a squadron of Roombas on an airport to keep it tidy, LG has developed the — wait for it — Airport Cleaning Robot.
It’s capable of cleaning hard floors and commercial carpets, and it’s packed with light sensors, bump detectors, and LIDAR to make sure it’s not running into luggage, small children, or any of the other obstacles you commonly encounter in an airport.
Some of you may already have encountered robots like this during your holiday shopping excursions. So when will LG’s bots make their way to a real airport?
Sometime later this year, according to the company. They’ll make their debut in LG’s home country at Incheon International Airport in Seoul.