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Rather than a hotel bellhop, a robot will deliver that late-night drink or missing toiletry

Rather than a hotel bellhop, a robot will deliver that late-night drink or missing toiletry

Move over Mark Zuckerberg — another automated butler at a Singapore hotel is stealing the spotlight. A year ago, the Facebook founder lifted the curtain on his efforts to engineer a robot butler named "Jarvis," named after the loyal family assistant of "Iron Man." Along those lines, the M Social hotel has its own answer to a robotic concierge: A handy helper named AURA. The robot is specifically designed to make room service deliveries to hotel guests. AURA, which stands for "Automated Room-Service Associate," is designed to avoid obstacles, operate the elevator and make a phone call to the guest's room when she is outside. In fact, AURA's manufacturer, San Francisco based Savioke, has robots in hotels both in and outside of the U.S. Its automated squad includes "Wally" at the Residence Inn in Los Angeles , and the Aloft Hotel's "Botlr," a robot butler at several of the ho...

Full article: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/31/saviokes-aura-in-singapor...

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