Robot potpourri: Concierge, security guard, and VIP greeter

Connie will work side-by-side with Hilton’s Team Members to assist with visitor requests, personalize the guest experience and empower travelers with more information to help them plan their trips.

The more guests interact with Connie, the more it learns, adapts and improves its recommendations. The hotel will also have access to a log of the questions asked and Connie’s answers, which can enable improvements to guests’ experiences before, during and after their stays.

Connie is powered by Watson, a cognitive computing technology platform that represents a new era in computing where systems understand the world in the way that humans do - through senses, learning and experience.









After backlash, animal shelter fires security robot, “effective immediately

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) based in San Francisco has been asked to halt the use of their security robot, which they had started using  after experiencing a lot of car break-ins, theft, and vandalism. SPCA also reported that they have seen a decline in the crimes after adopting the robot.  However, some tagged the robot as the "anti-homeless" robot, whose aim was to dislodge homeless campers and whose appearance was considered creepy.

Mitra: The ‘Made in India’ robot that stole the show at GES Hyderabad

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit last year was inagurated with Modi and Trump pressing a button on a robot developed by a startup based in Bangalore, India. 

Variations of the robot are envisioned to be used for customer assistance and therefore projected to increase sales via smart conversations as well as a party photographer, DJ, and live tweeter.

Mitra features a facial recognition technology, allowing the robot to quickly identify the person and deliver the customised services.

The humanoid also understands multiple languages. At the moment, Mitra supports Kannada and English but is soon going to add support for Hindi as well.