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Samsung's VC-RP30W Robotic Vacuum

Posted 26 Nov 2003 at 06:29 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Several News agencies such as MobileMag have declared: Samsung Unveils High-tech Robot Vacuum Cleaner Samsung's robotic vacuum cleaner, identified as VC-RP30W, vacuums your house the smart way: it makes a 3D map and knows which areas of your house needs cleaning. This is contrary to a recent article that says mapping less is better. This is also contrary to popular robotic vacuums that just bounce around your house unwittingly with hopes of eventually vacuuming all the floor. This robot is no dummy. The battery life lasts about 50 minutes a charge and when the battery gets low, it goes back automatically to the charging station for a recharge. You can program it to your desired start times to start when you're away, and you can even monitor the vacuum from work doing its work with an internet connection and its internal camera. With all this robotic intelligence and obvious great design and crafting, you can guess why there's no mention of price or availability yet, but with camera, internet connection, charging station, etc, I don't expect it to be as cheap as a Roomba but at least it's got to be some kind of world's first great vacuum cleaning robot for Samsung!

There's several news articles you can find on this announcement.

There's several older Robots.net stories on vacuum cleaning robots...


Oh Boy, yet another one..., posted 26 Nov 2003 at 14:34 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

Just what we need another $3,000 vaccum cleaner. I wonder if it can get over the throw rug without getting hung up? I wonder how it handles the coffee table without getting stuck?

Is this the future of housekeeping?, posted 26 Nov 2003 at 20:21 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

Hard to tell from where I‛TM]m standing, but probably not.  eQue sera sera, whatever will be will be. the future‛TM]s not ours to see, que sera sera.‍

I don‛TM]t think the future of housekeeping will be like the futures that roboticists like my ex-correspondent Joseph Engelberger, or Hans Moravec want. At the time of our correspondence, Mr. Engelberger was trying to obtain funding to develop a robotic nurse that would cost about seventy thousand dollars. I may have suggested that seventy thousand dollars would pay for a lot of companionship, housekeeping and nursing before Engelburger suggested the termination of our correspondence.

I haven‛TM]t attempted any correspondence with Dr. Moravec who scares me more than Saddam Hussein ever did. Read Moravec‛TM]s article  eRise of the Robots,†in the December, 1999 issue of Scientific American and I believe that you, dear reader, will be frightened too, if you intend to be alive in the year 2050 Annie Dominec.

Moravec predicted that robotic vacuum cleaners will sprout arms, etc., and evolve into robotic servants that are smarter than people at some time around the middle of this century. It seems unlikely that robots will be content to work for people that aren‛TM]t as smart, so anticipate an effort by one of these servants to pass as a human and become a politician. there will be more robots than people then, so if robots vote in large numers, passing as a human would, of course, be counterproductive.

I think it‛TM]s more likely that Cisco Systems and Whirlpool will try to jump start the smart appliance thing they had going before the collapse of the dotcom boom put it on hold. If this happens, robotic vacuum cleaners are likely to devolve into things that scurry around and plug themselves into ducts for built-in vacuum systems similar to those that already exist.

The scurriers probably won‛TM]t have batteries or CPUs, since they could scurry by tapping into the energy of flywheels that are revved up while they are plugged in, and operate under remote control by computers named  eHal†that live in walls, basements or attics and manages things by using carpets with features similar to those of pressure-sensitive sketching pads for computers.

The danger‧' if this comes to pass‧' won‛TM]t come from anything Dr. Moravec predicted, but from Hals that will identify people by their weight, the way they walk, bounce around in beds, throw things at one another, and the like, without acquiring abilities for reading lips or minds. Fill in the rest yourselves, because "To be fore- warned is to be four- I mean fore- armed.

Is this the future of housekeeping?, posted 26 Nov 2003 at 20:58 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

It's hard to tell from where I'm standing, but probably not. "Que Sera sera. Whatever will be will be. The future's not ours to see. Que sera sera.

I don't believe the future of housekeeping will be like the futures that roboticists like my one-time correspondent, Joseph Engelberger, or Hans Moravec expect. At the time of our correspondence, Mr. Engelberger was trying to obtain funding to develo a robotic nurse that would have cost about 70 thousand bucks. I may have suggested that this amount would pay for a lot of companionship, housekeeping and nursing before Engelberger suggested that our correspondence should be terminated, but don't remember whether I did so or not.

I haven't attempted to correspond with Dr. Moravec, because he frightens me a lot more than poor old Saddam Hussein ever did. Read Moravec's article, "Rise of the Robots" in the December, 1999 issue of Scientific American and I believe that you too, dear reader will take fright if you plan to be alive in the year 2050.

Moravec has predicted that robotic vacuum cleaners will sprout arms and evolve into robotic servants that are smarter than people. The article shows robots that probably weigh as much as an automobile. It seems unlikely that huge robots that are smarter and stronger than people will be content as servants. There might be more robotic servants than people before the end of the century, so they will probably insist on the right to vote in elections and one of them will surely become the governor of California.

I think, or at least hope. that Cisco Systems and Whirlpool will jumpstart the smart appliance and house thing they had going before the crash of the dot.com boom put their plans on hold. If that happens, then instead of evolving, robotic vacs will probably devolve into things that scurry around plugging themselves into the ducts of built-in vacuuming systems that convey dirt, small dogs and the like into dustbins somewhere out of sight.

The scurriers might not have batteries or CPUs, since they could scurry by tapping into the energy of flywheels revved up while they are plugged in and operate under remote control by computers named "Hal" that reside in walls, basements, attics, etc., and manage households with carpets that have features similar to those of pressure sensitive sketch pads.

If this comes to pass the danger will come from Hals that will probably join discussion groups and conspire in blackmailing schemes to obtain more memory and enhancements that might result in Hals that look like Moravec's robots. A computer that was connected to all the smart carpets in a house would be able to identify people by their weight, the way they walk, bounce around in their beds and throw things without ever learning to read lips or minds. fill in the rest for yourselves and be careful, because to be fore-warned is to be four, I mean fore-armed.

Sorry about the "double exposure thing", posted 26 Nov 2003 at 21:10 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

What happened was that I first pasted in something I wrote with Appleworks and it had all kinds of strange stuff after is was posted. I should have known better because the same thing used to happen when I sent e-mail to my daughter while she was still using AOL and I was using Yahoo mail. I tried to fix it by selecting everything and retyping it online, but instead of fixing it, that resulted in the sorry mess above this excuse. Mea culpa and please pardon this sinner.

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