LG Electronics has once again demonstrated that floor cleaning and other in-house chores can easily be taken over by robots. This was at the CES 2011 computing and electronics demonstrations. There is nothing cooler than having all your household chores being done by robots while you continue watching your favorite programme on the television. LG Hom-bot robo-vac is capable of cleaning, patrolling your home and remotely feeding your pet. If this is not top notch technological advancement in robotics, then I fail to understand what it is!
LG’s smart Hom-Bot weighs around 7.7 pounds and stands at 3.5 inches tall. It can scrub, wipe and generally clean most types of floors, for example, hardwood floors. It can also clean light-weight carpets. This automatic vacuum cleaner robot has edge-detect sensors that ensures that it doesn’t flip or plunge over. It cleans by mapping out the room with its ultrasonic and infra red sensor. This function also acts as a dual-camera system. One of its cameras points at the ceiling to detect the corners to navigate while the other one points at the ground, thus identifying all the obstacles.
What is surprising about this robot is its ability to remember details in a room. Apparently, it can remember a piece of furniture that has been added or removed in a room and where it is located. Its artificial intelligence enables it to sense obstacles such as moving pets, stationery pieces of furniture and reacts accordingly as well as with efficiency that is second to none.
In addition, LG Hom-Bot robo-Vac can be controlled through any online interface such as a smartphone or a netbook tablet. This is because it is Wi-Fi networked, thus it can detect any wireless network available in its locality. You can use its video cameras to monitor what is going on in your abode while on the move. This is through your smartphone or its remote controller which is Wi-Fi enabled and tells it to start cleaning up when out of the sudden you decide to bring visitors to your home. It has an automatic cleaning mode which can be activated at the push of a button.
Another of its marvelous capabilities is pet-sitting. When its owner becomes held up such that they won’t be able to feed their pet, the intelligent robot takes over. All the owner does is to start it wirelessly and give it instructions. Hom-Bot can serve meals to the pet as long as it is within the range of the automatic food dispenser. It has to be paired with all home appliances that it works with.
When a LG Electronic representative was consulted, he said this robot project was a part of LG’s smart home systems that loops in other smart appliances, such as washers, dryers, fridges, etc. into an energy saving network thus increasing the user’s control. He also added that they are still doing market research for the LG Hom-Bot robo-Vac and have not decided when they may launch it in the market. The earlier generations of Hom-Bot has sold well in the past, especially in the Korean market. Actually, they had taken a good dominancy when compared with other world markets. All in all, the sky is the limit for this smart cleaning robot for smart homes worldwide. Before you get all worked up while waiting to purchase the robot, satisfy your curiosity by viewing its tantalizing images that LG electronics has kindly provided for its die hard fans before it is officially launched in the mass market later in the year.