By Terry Trucco
If you plan to stay at the Aloft Cupertino on August 20 to witness the debut of Botlr, the new robotic bellhop that’s being test driven by the hotel, you’re out of luck. The Aloft is fully booked. (Rooms are still available for August 21, if you don’t mind being a day late.)
I know if I were in California next week I’d think of checking in. Botlr sounds intriguing.
The robot, developed by Silicon Valley robotic start-up Savioke, stands three feet tall and sports a bellhop’s painted bow-tie and stripes in Aloft’s upbeat hues. It looks like a cross between an upright vacuum cleaner and an upmarket trash receptacle – or a slimmed down R2-D2, as John Markoff observed while breaking the story in The New York Times. (more…)