LG Electronics disclosed their development of an autonomous robot that will use ultraviolet C (UV-C)1 light to disinfect high-touch, high-traffic areas. The plans will cover the hospitality, retail, corporate and educational sectors in the United States early next year.
Roh Kyu-Chan, the head of robot business division in LG’s Business Solutions Company said that the robot comes at a time when hygiene is of the highest priority for hotel guests, students and restaurant customers.
The robot is anticipated as a new standard of cleanliness by disinfecting the high-touch and high-traffic areas. The design made it able to move easily around tables, chairs and other furniture, generally irradiating a room’s touchable surfaces in 15 to 30 minutes, disinfecting multiple areas on a single battery charge.
LG’s robot is engineered to have an easy operational system without requiring extensive staff training or specialists. Staff can monitor the progress through remote to mobile phones or tablets. Employee exposure to UV rays also will be minimised by a safety lock activated by human motion detection sensors.
As quoted by 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.”