Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CES 2018: Robots, robots, and more robots -- including Elvis and Priscilla at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas

CES Showcases Robots (Again) And Demonstrates How They Can Provide Amazing Customer Service.  (Forbes, 1/21/2018)
You check into a hotel. You get into your room and call the front desk to ask for some extra towels to be sent up. Several minutes later, your phone rings and you are told there is a delivery outside your door. You open the door, but you don’t see a hotel employee. Instead, you see a robot … with your towels. 
This isn’t a scene from a science fiction movie. This is real life at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas. The hotel has two robots, Elvis and Priscilla, manufactured by Savioke, a company based in San Jose, California.

Related reading:
Relay is a robot butler coming to a hotel near you.  (Inverse, 10/31/2016) 
A Savioke spokesperson tells Inverse that Relay is currently being used in “about a dozen” hotels in the United States “with more being added continually.” The robot, installation, training, and service costs roughly $2,000 a month depending on the length of the contract. Cousins hopes to expand Relay into other markets some time in the near future.

Then there's Leon Russell's speculation about Elvis and Marilyn.

"Elvis and Marilyn" appears on Leon Russell's 1978 Americana album, which made a brief 10-week appearance on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, peaking at #110.

Other CES 2018 posts:
Rollable OLED TV.  (1/21/2018)
Meet Forpheus, the ping-pong playing robot.  (1/20/2018)
You'll need Keecker-ready walls and ceilings to get the most use out of this robot.  (1/19/2018)
At a list price of $8700, you have plenty of time to procrastinate about this umbrella purchase,  (1/18/2018)
For just under a thousand bucks, Foldimate will save you from the tyranny of folding laundry.  (1/17/2018)
Softcore toilet porn from Kohler.  (1/16/2018)
Smart mirror could use more of a human touch.  (1/16/2018)
Meet Aibo, the robot dog.  (1/15/2018)
File this Modius Health headset under 'absurd'.  (1/15/2018)
The creepy underbelly of CES 2018. Robot strippers.  (1/14/2018)  
Toyota introduces e-Patette, autonomous vehicle, modular store.  (1/14/2018)
Meet AvatarMind's iPal.  (1/12/2018)
Security robot Nimbo scares away the bad guys.  (1/12/2018)
Concept robots designed to eliminate service sector jobs.  (1/5/2018)
Travelmate Robotics suitcase.  (1/5/2018)
Samsung's GoBreath.  (1/3/2018)
A robot that plays Scrabble without making a mess.  (1/1/2018)
Keratase hair coach.  (12/23/2017)
Travis the Translator.  (12/20/2017)
Pro-Protection toothbrush holder.  (12/19/2017)
PetMio smart technology.  (12/18/2017)
Rinspeed Snap concept vehicle.  (12/17/2017)
SignAll, an automated sign language translator.  (12/13/2017) 
Homni sleep solution.  (12/11/2017)
Guz 2 electronic dartboard connects you to the world.  (11/22/2017)
I assume the SureFly will also be able to carry women.  (11/21/2017)
Now you can party every day and rock all night at any age.  (11/17/2017)
Pointivo.  (11/17/2017)
Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME.  (11/17/2017)

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