Meet ALO, the Butler Robot Who Wants Your Job

Responds to room service requests using lasers, sonar equipment

KPIXALO: Part R2-D2, part rolling trash bin, definitely pulling off that bow tie.

Today, in Robots Want to Steal Your Job, KPIX brings us the story of a Silicon Valley hotel that's introduced a butler who's less Jeeves than HAL in a tuxedo and bow tie.

It's called ALO (rhymes with "below"), and no, you don't have to tip it. Recently introduced to Cupertino's Aloft Hotel, ALO is programmed to respond to room service calls with toothbrushes, bottled water, handles of tequila--whatever you want, ALO will deliver it straight to your door. While a feeble, mistake-prone human employee is required to load the items into its carrying compartment, ALO is outfitted with lasers, cameras, and a device that uses sonar waves to help it arrive at a guest room unaided. "Instead of having a runner up there, you would have a robot coming up to the guest room," said Izumi Yaskawa, the strategic ambassador of Savioke, the company that designed ALO. Which is pretty cool for everyone in the world who isn't a runner.

The CEO of Savioke, Steve Cousins, added that he thought ALO could be the future of room service. Although, to be honest, any futuristic qualities are slightly undercut by the fact that the thing looks like a rolling trash bin.

ALO is currently in beta testing. According to KPIX, it can carry a 10-pound payload, which is great if you need a puppy delivered to your door. Just remember: this thing has lasers, and it's watching you.

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Robert Mehoff

I don't see this lasting to long -----people will start stealing them and it will get to costly to replace them-----I wish I had one for my house----lol

August 17 2014 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i remember in the past that hotel rooms were equiped with a door which was attaced to a chute of some kind that allowed items to be sent up to their rooms.

August 16 2014 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How much do you have to tip it?

August 16 2014 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


August 16 2014 at 5:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I feel very sorry for people who want to work, but have to compete with these inovations. We have self check outs at most stores (and can't find a real person), roto calls for customer service and now this. The middle class is in more and more trouble when it comes to finding a job.

August 16 2014 at 2:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Best part is it doesn't need to be tipped. So where are on little tiny machine are trays of food supposed to fit or does it tow a cart of some kind?

August 16 2014 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Velocity105's comment

I wonder how well it will operate when some drunk pours/spills a beer over it.

August 16 2014 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gmail's comment

it will short out, the eyes will turn red, and it will start repeating "CRUSH, KILL, DESTROY..."
...enjoy your stay... [insert sinister laugh track...]

August 16 2014 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Without jobs people will have no money,the robotic age will self destruct in 10,9,8,7..................

August 16 2014 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I think we have enough corporations and governments spying on us.
Remember someone is monitoring this thing.

August 16 2014 at 1:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Who in the hell wants something loaded with cameras in their hotel room?

August 16 2014 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can it deliver dames?

August 16 2014 at 12:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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