Six months ago, LG made a particular presentation at CES 2017 about a certain sleek looking guide robot. The airport robot, as it was simply referred to, was specifically designed to perform various guiding tasks, at possibly one of the busiest types of transportation venues in the entire world.
The airport robots have already completed its very first trial runs at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea last May. Today, they are to be finally implemented officially as part of the robots’ next test phase. If the company’s presentation last January wasn’t clarified enough, here’s a short recap on what the robot is all about, and how it will be officially implemented in the near future.
Instant Information and Direct Guidance
More than just static terminals that users can check at airports, the airport robots are made to roam around an airport. They are to move about in a fashion that is not intrusive to crowd traffic, but will still be easily accessible to anyone within just a few steps away.
The giant screen that it holds can be accessed for general information. However, you can also determine details about your own flight by simply providing it with a flight ticket to scan. Not only will it give specifics that are already indicated on the ticket, but will also provide a few extra instructions so as to optimize the user’s time in getting in and out of flights.
In fact, the airport robot is even designed to take passengers to their correct designations. They will trail around the airport, instructing the passenger to follow their route, until they arrive at where the passenger is supposed to go. As to how fast the robot can roll around to guide the passengers, let’s just say that would have been an obvious issue for LG not to address (we hope).
The Giant Rolling Tablet
That being said, the airport robot, in terms of design and function, may seem nothing more than a glorified curved-tablet-sporting house bot on wheels. It is easy to dismiss the need for such contraptions, especially when pointing out the fact that our airports have functioned statistically well so far without it.
However, in our present age of information, any added automated support or guide would most certainly be welcome anywhere. At least, so long as they prove to serve their design well (to guide), and so long as economics maintain that they are still favorable to use. For LG’s upcoming fleet of flight guides, the implementation is still but a test, and as such, it is an opportunity to find out if these droids are indeed worthy of their function.
On a separate note, LG is also rolling out another set or robots to keep up with this growing general service automation. This airport cleaning robot may be more or less a glorified Roomba, but it will provide indirect assistance to the airport robot using a much more proven design concept (as a cleaning bot).