Alibaba may not be a household name in the US, but the Chinese e-commerce firm is one of the world’s largest: its online sales in 2015 were greater than Walmart, Amazon, and eBay combined. Now, the company is getting into commercial robotics with the launch of the Space Egg: a robot porter designed to ferry items around hotels.
The robot was unveiled at a computing conference in Hangzhou, China, last week, and it will start work at its first hotel in the city next month. It has a curved aluminum casing covering a set of wheels, and it uses cameras and lasers to navigate. It’s less than a meter (3 feet) in height and quite slow, trundling behind humans at a pace of one meter a second.
The Space Egg is the latest robo-porter we’ve seen…
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