At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels And Mix Cocktails
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:39 AM
Gliding silently through Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's futuristic "FlyZoo" hotel, black disc-shaped robots about a metre in height deliver food and drop off fresh towels. The robots are part of a suite of high-tech tools that Alibaba says drastically cuts the hotel's cost of human labor and eliminates the need for guests to interact with other people.
Alibaba builds a smart screen for the visually-impaired shoppers
Monday, November 12, 2018, 5:27 PM
China's Alibaba has developed a smart screen called Smart Touch to help blind people with shopping and payments on their phones. The screen, which costs $0.036 to produce, has three sensor-enabled small buttons on each side for actions like 'Confirm' or 'Go back'. Smart Touch can also perform functions like answering calls, listening to texts, and so on.
Alibaba's on-demand online services unit valued at $30 billion sources
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3:34 PM
Alibaba Group's newly formed on-demand online services unit has rocketed in value to-as-much as $30 billion after raising $4 billion in fresh funds, people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Alibaba combined the operation of food-delivery service Ele.me and online restaurant guide business Koubei under a-single management team and holding vehicle in October. It announced a fundraising plan for the vehicle in August.