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Alibaba A.I. Labs' Hospitality Robot To Begin Servicing At Hotel In October

Alibaba A.I. Labs, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA), announced the launch of service robots for the hospitality sector starting in October.

The labs' service robot, from delivering meals to taking laundry to guests, demonstrates what guests can expect at hotels in the future. Guests talk to the robot via voice command, touch and hand gesture. Its responses are driven by AliGenie, the software that powers Alibaba A.I. Labs' smart speaker, Tmall Genie.

The robot's height is less than one meter, while its walking speed reaches one meter per second. After a trial at a hotel, Alibaba A.I. Labs will assess its suitability for other areas, including hospitals, restaurants and office services.

Alibaba A.I. Labs is the department leading consumer AI product development at Alibaba.

The news was made at The Computing Conference 2018, which is scheduled for four days till September 22 in Hangzhou, China, the site of Alibaba's headquarters.

Following the unveiling of the robot, Alibaba A.I. Labs also announced Tmall Genie Auto, the latest initiative in smart mobility and expanding the Tmall Genie ecosystem.

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