Meet your New Bot Bellhop

Meet your New Bot Bellhop

September 24, 2018

Eight TUG robots, created by Aethon, Inc., assist with carrying luggage, delivering room service, and helping clean up rooms and hallways at the Sheraton Hotel in San Gabriel, California.  The current favorite, named Gabriel, greets guests in the lobby with a display which reads, “Where do you want to go?”  He then guides them to their destination within the hotel.

The robots are not replacing workers, but rather are being used to save workers time so they can focus on other tasks.  This innovative technology is also used in many hospitals in the U.S. to deliver medication, food, and linens to patients in their rooms.


Video Spotlight: SoCal Sheraton has team of robots toting luggage, room service


This post is based on articles from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, There are robots on staff at this San Gabriel hotel, by Michelle Mills, August 31, 2018, and from The Star Online, Robot butlers are coming to this Miami hotel, by Dylan Jackson, September 3, 2018; and on the video, SoCal Sheraton has team of robots toting luggage, room service, by ABC7, January 30, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / studiostoks.

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Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

September 23, 2018

Three Square Market, which implanted 100 employees with microchips last year to open doors, log into computers, or buy snacks from vending machines, is working on a new microchip with GPS tracking capability and voice activation. This chip can also monitor vital signs and in the future, applications could involve storing medical records for use in emergency situations.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger.  Some are concerned with privacy issues, but some are embracing the technology, including about 4,000 users in Sweden who can ride trains without tickets or turn on lights in their apartments.

How far this will go is yet to be seen, but many believe the technology will become widespread.


Video Spotlights: Wisconsin business chips employees and This is what it feels like to get microchipped


This post is based on the Washington Post article, This firm already microchips employees. Could your ailing relative be next?, by Peter Holley, August 23, 2018; and the videos, Wisconsin company implanting chips in employees, by CNBC, July 27, 2017, and This is what it feels like to get microchipped, by Continue reading

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