The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.
The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour.
The Botlr is the first of its fleet, and is still in testing. We put it through its paces, tasking it with the delivery of a little something that hails from the South to room 335.
And the little robot can even dance. What’s cooler than that?
I wouldn’t be surprised to see technology of this sort grow. With improved and cheaper sensor technology, smartphones, and pervasive Wi-Fi, there is quite a lot that could be done with robots in both domestic and professional environments. The Botlr is not the last of its kind.