Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

World's first robotic butler

butler1.jpg
butler2.jpg
butler3.jpg

The list of jobs threatened by the inevitable robot uprising just got a little longer. Bellboys and hotel concierges the world over have a new, adorable nemesis: Botlr.

A waist-high roving droid, the A.L.O Botlr is set to go into full time work at the Aloft Hotel of Cupertino, Silicon Valley, from 20 August. Its mission, not to freak out customers and replace hotel staff, but rather deliver amenities such as fresh towels, drinks and any items guests might request that can fit into its onboard container - thus freeing up hotel staff to carry out tasks that require human interaction and opposable thumbs.

Using an inbuilt touch panel, hotel staff can program the Botlr to deliver goods to any of the Cupertino's hotel rooms. Botlr can then autonomously navigate the hotel corridors, calling on floor plans stored in its memory and using its sensors to avoid any mishaps with guests. It can even summon the lift, calling the room once it arrives rather than smashing through the door.

As well as 'helping' the Aloft Hotel staff, the Botlr is looking to drive prospective tech-savy guests to the hotel with a novel PR ploy: rather than giving the little droid a cash 'thank you', guests are requested to Tweet tips to #MeetBotlr.

Cutesy R2-D2 come true or another step toward Skynet? Let us know what you think about Botlr in the comments below.



(Images: YouTube)

[Via: Luxuo]

Related

drone1.jpg

Awesome Autonomous Aerial Camera

champagne.jpg

Hotel serves champagne via drones

dronehero1.jpg

International Drone Photography Award Winners

maccy-s.jpg

McDonald's worker pulls robot prank

robot1hero.jpg

The Cocktail Mixing Robot

jibo1.jpg

Real-life Robotic Assistant

More

Stormzy calls out Met Police for bizarre Notting Hill Carnival tweet

Once again, he is spot on

by Dave Fawbert
22 Aug 2017

A story saying Big Ben will be renamed for Muslims has upset idiots

Winding up racists - never not funny

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

13 facts about cheating all couples need to know

Number one fact: Don't do it

by Gary Ogden
21 Aug 2017

Londoners have revealed their favourite and most-hated Tube lines

Which is your favourite line?

by Dave Fawbert
21 Aug 2017

The 10 most liveable cities in the world have been named

Did your home make the cut?

by Tom Victor
21 Aug 2017

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017