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March 04, 2013

How Robots Can Help with Your Household Chores

David Hanson, a robot designer and engineer, has revolutionized the robotic world, as he is responsible for building technologies that allow robots to make more realistic facial expressions, called “Frubber,” and appear more human. His discoveries sparked a new development at the University of California San Diego’s machine lab that is being used to understand brain development, and now, house chores.

Neato Robotics, a company that designs robots to perform household chores, has released its newest series of robot vacuums at the International Home and Housewares Show.

According to Neato Robotics, one of the biggest hurdles that consumers have with vacuuming is the lack of maneuvering capabilities and overabundance of wires and plugs that need to be lugged around. In an effort to create a product that dissolves all of these issues, it has created the Neato XV Signature series of robot vacuums that are designed to fit into every crevice and corner that the traditional vacuum cannot, and of course, at a much higher level of technological advancement.

Image via Neato Robotics

Not only do the robot vacuums clean on their own, without the handling of a consumer, its advanced laser-guided navigation automatically maps a room to configure the best possible cleaning path, using it Smart Sensor technology to avoid falling down staircases or bumping into furniture. And with its new aerodynamic designs, these robots can pick up 50 percent more dust and microscopic fibers that most vacuums are not capable of; creating a new level of household cleaning that was once not possible. 

The most innovational aspect of these robots is that they are designed to think for themselves. Consumers do not have to monitor when its battery is running low, as the robot will instantly return to its charging base. They can also be set on a timer to automatically begin its cleaning shift whether a consumer is home or not.

Not only can robotic technology be used to assist in surgeries, they are now being designed for our daily lives. Although this discovery is for a sector not quite as important to humanity as the medical field, these new products show how quickly robotic technology is developing, and how versatile it has become.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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