Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

The makers of a mopping robot have raised 4,000 per cent more money than they asked for on crowd-funding site Indiegogo

The developers of EveryBot RS700 have raised a total of $25,500 which is currently 4,200 per cent more than they asked for.

Although we’re talking about relatively small numbers, the success of EveryBot is an indication of how popular new robots can be both as a simple product purchase and as an investment.  Continue reading Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

Walmart testing autonomous floor scrubber developed by Brain Corporation

One of the world’s largest retail chains, Walmart, which has more than 4,600 stores in the US, is testing autonomous, robotic floor scrubbers in several of its stores, according to QZ.com

The original, conventional vehicle – usually driven by a human – was built by International Cleaning Equipment, but it has been roboticised by Brain Corporation, which specialises in autonomous vehicles for floor care.

Quartz says Walmart is evaluating the robot in five of its stores, with a view to introducing into more of its stores.  Continue reading Walmart testing autonomous floor scrubber developed by Brain Corporation

Time Magazine picks several automation technologies in its top 25 inventions of the year

Time Magazine has chosen several automation technologies in its selection of what it considers the top 25 inventions of 2017. 

Although it doesn’t seem to have listed them in any numerical order, it did place the Jibo home robot at the top.

Jibo is not mobile in the way many home robots are, but its top part moves as it speaks.

Jibo is designed as an interactive companion and helper to families, according to its creator Cynthia Breazeal (main picture), who was interviewed by Spectrum, the IEEE website.

Continue reading Time Magazine picks several automation technologies in its top 25 inventions of the year

iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

 

iRobot, the US company which makes consumer robots such as the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner range, has closed the previously announced acquisition of Robopolis, a French company.

The preliminary purchase price of $141 million is subject to normal purchase price adjustments and is expected to be finalized no later than the first quarter of 2018.

Europe is a key strategic region for iRobot and provides “an excellent opportunity for further growth”, says the company.  Continue reading iRobot buys Robopolis to expand in Europe

Samsung releases limited edition robotic vacuum cleaner that looks like Darth Vader

 

Would you want Darth Vader to vacuum your house? 

Samsung has released a limited edition of its robotic vacuum cleaner which looks like the dark lord from the Star Wars movies.

So if you want the evil one to terrify you while cleaning your home, you can buy one now from Samsung’s website for $799.  Continue reading Samsung releases limited edition robotic vacuum cleaner that looks like Darth Vader

Yujin Robot awarded patent for system of recognising locations and positions for robotic vacuum cleaner

 

South Korean robotics and automation company Yujin Robot has been awarded a patent relating to technology that enables mobile robots to pinpoint the locations and positions. 

Awareness of its own precise location within an environment and the location of other objects close by is obviously a crucial requirement of a mobile robot.

Yujin says the new technology in the patent “has the effect of reducing the position error caused by tilting or sliding of mobile robots, and enables stable position recognition”.  Continue reading Yujin Robot awarded patent for system of recognising locations and positions for robotic vacuum cleaner

iRobot denies it will sell map data about customers’ rooms and houses

iRobot says it will “never” sell the data its little robotic vacuum cleaners collect while mapping and navigating people’s rooms and homes. 

In a statement provided to ZDNet, Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, reassured customers by saying: “iRobot will never sell your data.”

The statement follows comments Angle gave to Reuters suggesting that the company might consider selling maps iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner generates of users’ homes.  Continue reading iRobot denies it will sell map data about customers’ rooms and houses

Bharati Robotics shows off autonomous industrial cleaning robot

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The Bharati autonomous guided vehicle for materials transport

Bharati Robotics Systems has been showing off its new autonomous industrial floor cleaning robots. 

The company says the small vehicle saves labour costs and increases productivity by up to 200 per cent, and cleans the floor better than humans, or the “highest quality of cleaning”.

The robot’s battery lasts up to four hours on one charge and it has a smartphone interface through which it can be monitored and controlled.  Continue reading Bharati Robotics shows off autonomous industrial cleaning robot

Gardening robot raises more than $300,000 on Kickstarter

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A gardening robot has raised more than $312,000 on Kickstarter despite its owners setting a goal of $120,000.

Led by the inventor of the Roomba, the Boston-based Franklin Robotics is currently raising funds for their first release – a solar-powered, robotic weed-killer for home gardens.

Named Tertill, the 2.5-pound, disk-shaped robot patrols the garden and intelligently identifies – and whacks – unwanted plants.  Continue reading Gardening robot raises more than $300,000 on Kickstarter

South Korea’s largest airport has hired robots made by LG to assist travellers

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The LG Airport Guide Robot

South Korea’s largest airport – Incheon International Airport, in Seoul – has given jobs to a number of robots made by LG Electronics. 

The mobile machines are designed to enable travellers to scan their tickets to get flight information and they can escort them to the flight gates.

Alternatively it can just provide directions to locations within the airport, complete with walking distances and times, or information about the traveller’s eventual destination, such as weather and other details.  Continue reading South Korea’s largest airport has hired robots made by LG to assist travellers

If you enjoy doing the laundry, this could be your nightmare come true

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Startup company ThreadRobe launches “automated wardrobe”, eliminates laundry chores

There are few chores that Americans hate more than laundry, according to ThreadRobe, the Alexandria-based startup which aims to change millions the drudgery of the chore by introducing an automated piece of furniture that eliminates the need to fold, hang, and put away laundry. 

Users place loads of clean clothing from the dryer directly into the automated wardrobe’s bin – no sorting, folding, or hanging required.

The wardrobe separates, identifies and stores them. When you want clothes back, select an outfit in the mobile app, which notifies the wardrobe to retrieve and steam those items to your specifications.  Continue reading If you enjoy doing the laundry, this could be your nightmare come true

Cleaning robots: Everybot ready for messy jobs

There’s quite a few robotic floor cleaning devices already on the market, but there’s plenty of room for more. 

While the companies currently supplying robotic mops and vacuum cleaners have made a lot of money with them, the market is far from crowded.

The main reason for this is the price of robotic cleaning machines have actually been very high, especially if you go for the iRobot or Dyson models.  Continue reading Cleaning robots: Everybot ready for messy jobs

Tech-Link partners with Blue Ocean Robotics on atmosphere disinfection system

Tech-Link Engineering has formed a strategic partnership with Blue Ocean Robotics to offer an ultra-violet disinfection robot solution.

The partnership affirms both Tech-Link and Blue Ocean Robotics’ efforts in delivering emerging technologies to battle against Hospital Acquired Infections and improve the quality of healthcare services.

As an official sales partner, Tech-Link says it brings together Blue Ocean Robotics’ expertise in automating disinfection procedures to promote safer, efficient and more productive work environment.  Continue reading Tech-Link partners with Blue Ocean Robotics on atmosphere disinfection system

Vacuum cleaning robots invading homes all over the world

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Long-exposure photo showing path taken by Roomba in 45 minutes. Picture: Wikipedia

Other than washing the dishes, vacuuming the house is probably the most boring activity in the world, and probably only a very few sane humans would enjoy the activity. 

But household chores need to be done, and it is this human right to avoid boring tasks which the robots are exploiting to find their way into homes all over the world.

In the future, when we look back at how the robots took over everything, it’s probably not industrial robots which will be blamed – because they’re mostly caged off and controlled inside factories: it’s the vacuuming and other cleaning robots we should be scared of.

They might look innocent – with their rounded edges and small, apparently unintimidating size, maybe even reminiscent of a slow-moving pet cat, only better behaved – but vacuuming robots could be seen as the artificially intelligent machine army’s frontline infantry in the battle for the future of humanity, and they are gaining more and more floorspace every day.  Continue reading Vacuum cleaning robots invading homes all over the world

Robots planning to defend world’s oceans against alien invasion

A US non-profit company has designed an innovative method of controlling the spread of lionfish threatening to devastate fish stocks and coral reef ecosystems in warmer ocean waters.

Robots In Service of the Environment (Rise) joined deep ocean research charity, Nekton, on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic to test a prototype being developed to operate remotely in deep water to locate and deliver a fatal electric shock to the invasive species.

Nekton’s research vessel was off the Bermudian coast conducting the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, a pioneering multi-disciplinary marine research programme assessing the health and resilience of the deep ocean.  Continue reading Robots planning to defend world’s oceans against alien invasion