An ABB Industrial Robot Provides Automated Luggage Storage and Retrieval at New Yotel in Manhattan
An ABB articulated arm industrial robot serving as an automated luggage storage and retrieval system is one of the unique features of the new Yotel that opened in June at Times Square West in Manhattan. The new Yotel, the brand’s first location outside of its three airport hotels in London and Amsterdam, is part of “MIMA”, a mixed-use development located at 570 Tenth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd streets. The theatrically-lit robot, appropriately named “YOBOT”, is the central feature in the lobby, housed behind a secure glass enclosure where it picks up and stores guests’ luggage in one of 117 lockers. When guests are ready to leave the city they return with their bar-coded receipt for the YOBOT to retrieve their bags.