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Old 08-14-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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LXer: Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels


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A startup called Savioke has unveiled a Linux- and ROS-based SaviOne hospitality robot, currently being tested at a California hotel for room service duty. Savioke’s “SaviOne” stands three feet tall, weighs less than 100 pounds, and can roll along at a typical human walking pace of 4 mph. The touchscreen-equipped robot lacks arms or legs, but can operate a smart elevator on its own via a wireless signal. The so-called “Botlr” can also carry up to two cubic feet of material, which is perfect for its job description: delivering towels, phone chargers, snacks, and other items to hotel guests. The SaviOne has just started a pilot program under the name “A.L.O.” with the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, Calif., a member of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts family.

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