Panasonic Hospi Is a Robot Helper For Hotels

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target You’re going to start encountering a lot of robots when you travel, it seems. They’ll be guiding you through busy airports and attending to your needs when you check in to your hotel.LG’s new bots will greet you on the concourse, and Panasonic’s will be waiting for you in the lounge and hotel lobby. This smiley little fellow is HOSPI(R), and he’s actully being given double duty to start his new career.I say new career because HOSPI isn’t a brand new creation. Panasonic already has a number of HOSPI bots that are employed in the health care sector. Those units have been tasked with picking up and delivering medication and taking various specimens to the lab for testing.HOSPI is now moving from hospitals to hospitality. He’ll offer hotel guests a chilled bottle of water in the lobby and make important announcements like when the next courtesy shuttle is leaving.Like LG’s robots, he’s also going to learn the ropes at the airport. At Narita International in Tokyo, he’ll be busing tables in the lounge.Like most robots tasked with serving humans, HOSPI is packed with sensors that allow him to navigate busy areas without adding to the chaos.Panasonic thinks HOSPI can ease some of the tourist burdens that’s headed Japan’s way in a few short years. Airports and hotels are already gearing up for the 2020 Olympics, and HOSPI is the kind of robot that could free up human staff for more complex duties… things that require an actual human touch.last_img read more

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