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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Robo Maxx Floor Cleaning Robot

Engadget links to yet another vacuum bot. When will they make bots to clean my tub?

I just bought a Roomba Discovery. I like it a lot, but it isn't very intelligent. It is plenty for the price though.


Blogger Miguel said...

I got the Pink Ribbon breast cancer version a month or two ago, & I think it's amazing, especially for $180. Do you need to be all that smart to clean the floor? The robot's contribution is patience, I reckon.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Ivan said...

You need intelligence not to get stuck. Not falling down stairs or getting things stuck in the vacuum is just a matter of adequate sensors.

It would also be nice if it were intelligent enough to not need a random algorithm, which gets good coverage "eventually". The sensors needed to do this mapping are more expensive than the entire bot.

You could do it with cameras with a well designed ASIC for cheap, but the cost of designing such an ASIC might be prohibitively expensive.

The problem of achieving iRobot’s dream of “making house work optional” is the drastic rise in complexity required to do most tasks, rather than a single, simple application like vacuuming. This of loading the dishwasher, loading, unloading, & folding laundry, dusting…

12:45 PM  

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