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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Robot Burgers in San Francisco

Robot Burgers in San Francisco

September 14, 2018

Try the new $6 burger. It’s made by a robot in the new Creator restaurant in San Francisco.

The robot uses over 350 sensors and 20 computers to make the customizable burger.  The restaurant is only open part-time at the moment, but plans to open full-time in September.  All of the ingredients are locally sourced.

Currently, four kinds of hamburgers are being made by the robot.  But in the future, customers will be able to control how much sauce and seasonings will be added by the robot.  Inherently, all of the sides are made by humans, and the ordering process is manual as well.


Video Spotlight: Robots Are Making Burgers in San Francisco


This post is based on the NPR article, Fad or the Future? Robot-Made Burgers Wow the Crowds in San Francisco, by Anna Mantzaris, August 24, 2018; and the YouTube video, World’s First Entirely Robotic Restaurant | Robots are Making Burgers in San Francisco, by Prep4School, June 23, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Palto.

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