As promised, LG is showing off a new range of robots at CES this week. They include models that are basically Amazon Alexa-like, voice-activated devices on wheels that can move throughout your home and interact with other smart home products, larger models for use in the service industry or other areas, and updated robotic cleaners that are smarter about avoiding obstacles and communicating with their owners.
The new LG Hub Bot is a fairly cute little machine with a display that can function as a face or show other information. It can respond to voice commands, move throughout a space thanks to computer vision, and talk to other smart devices including thermostats, lights, robotic vacuums, and even your oven (because what could go wrong with automating the process of heating up your appliances to 400 degrees?)
LG’s Hub Robot can also play music, act as a security monitor, and more. And there are smaller versions that are less mobile, but which can be used around the house.
Larger LG robots with bigger displays can be used in airports, hotels, or other places where a robot concierge may be more important than a robot butler.
There’s no word on pricing or availability for the new robots yet.