LG Adds UV Light Disinfection to CLOi Robot Family
December 15, 2020
LG Electronics Canada today announced it is developing an autonomous robot that will use ultraviolet C (UV-C) light that can disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. The company said it will offer the UV robot, as part of its CLOi family of robots, to hospitality, retail, corporate, and education customers in the U.S. in early 2021.
“This autonomous UV robot comes at a time when hygiene is one of the highest priorities for hotel guests, students, and restaurant customers,” said Roh Kyu-chan, vice president and head of the robot business division in LG’s Business Solutions Company. “Consumers can have the peace of mind that the LG UV robot will help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful germs.”
The robot will be officially unveiled at January’s Digital CES 2021, LG said. It will be able to move easily around chairs, tables, and other furniture, “generally irradiating a room’s touchable surfaces in 15 to 30 minutes, disinfecting multiple areas on a single battery charge.”
The company said the robot can be integrated into established cleaning routines without requiring extensive staff training or specialists to operate. Staff can monitor progress via remote updates to mobile phones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays is minimized through a built-in safety lock, activated by human motion detection sensors, the pressing of an emergency stop button, or via the mobile app.
“A higher level of hygiene will be expected by customers in the contactless ecosystem which we are now facing,” said Roh. “LG is committed to leveraging its diverse expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving to develop creative solutions to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.”
More details on the robot and company are available at the LG Electronics Canada website.