Technology is the new machine that’s making work easier. Many tech giants have developed automated solutions to help humans accomplish tasks without having to remember when they are to be done or even issue instructions regularly. The latest to create a buzz is the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) backed Robot Butler, which is already providing room services to guests in a Silicon Valley based Starwood’s Aloft Hotel.
The robot, which is officially called A.L.O. Botlr, is programmed to help provide services to guests. For example, if a guest requests for something, the reception would provide instructions to Botlr and load its container with whatever is requested as long as the weight doesn’t exceed ten pounds. The receptionist will then input instructions about where to make the delivery on A.L.O. Botlr’s screen.
This Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) supported project is undertaken by Savioke, a startup which is led by Steve Collins, a former CEO of Willow Garage. Savioke, which is a Santa Rosa, California-based company, is known for the manufacture of SaviOne, another robot, which is more of an older version of A.L.O.
“It’s something that’s very Silicon Valley. It’s very novel and I think it’s the future,”
Steve Cousins, CEO and co-founder of the company, told CBS San Francisco.
The robot has Wi-Fi connection that enables it to communicate with things like the elevators. It also uses sonar wave technology to help it navigate the hotel hallways without hitting obstacles. It has a tablet on which the guest can input information or even rate the service received.
Brian McGuinness of Starwood, the chain’s parent company, told TechCrunch that if the trial program runs smoothly, all Aloft Hotel branches could have ALO offering such services to guests in 2015.
The project is backed by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) through the Google Ventures, which is the company’s venture capital investments. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) made its first notable investment in the A.L.O. project at the beginning of the year.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.
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