A company in Korea announced that they have created a
smart robot vacuum. The robotic
vacuum named OTTORO made by
Hanool Robotics has 2 cameras,
30 sensors and artificial
intelligence to vacuum every bit of a carpet in a room including the
edges and corners. The vacuum has three times the suction power of
regular vacuums so it's not just a little carpet sweep. The batteries
last about 50 minutes, but the vacuum
can automatically go back to base and recharge itself. The initial
price is $3400 (4 million won) but the price is expected to drop to
half when production gets going.
Who on earth is going to buy a vacuum cleaner costing $3400 ??
This is a classic example of over-engineering. A robotic vacuum
cleaner just doesn't need 30 sensors and two video cameras, and robots
that complex are unlikely to be highly reliable or easy to maintain.
I've used a couple of robotic vacs for several years now. The first
one I bought was the Cye robot. Cye works fine, but its large size
means that it doesn't get under chairs or hard to reach places. More
recently I bought a Roomba, and that really does the business - much
better and far less complex than Cye. With Cye I needed to hang around
and supervise in case it got into trouble, but with Roomba I can
confidently start it working and leave the house.
I think it'll be a exclusive with the door to door salesmen.
Remember the really neat water filter vac, it sells for about $2k US
the last time I asked.
Or maybe a Kirby labeled robot vac?
I can't resist....:)
They'll come to your home and demonstrate how much it really sucks.