iRobot boss: Household robots with arms are feasible

As part of the announcement of the new Roomba j7 + robot vacuum cleaner, the head of iRobot, Colin Angle, pointed out that future household robots could also have arms, for example to do the washing up.

The robot vacuum specialist iRobot is preparing for a future with mechanical household helpers who have arms. “We are at a point where we gradually understand the environment in which we operate to the extent that we can do something like this,” said iRobot boss Colin Angle of the German Press Agency (DPA).

But in industry too, people are still puzzled about what the task of the first household robot with arms will be, Angle said. “Do the laundry? Wash the dishes? Or tidy up the room before vacuuming? ” Another key question is how much consumers would be willing to pay for such an innovation. “If it’s $ 1,000, it would probably be manageable.” With a premium of only 50 euros or dollars, however, not. In general, the time will come when the added value that such a machine brings to users exceeds the costs. “I think there will be many more types of robots in our future.”

Roomba j7 + announced

The presented robot vacuum Roomba j7 + from iRobot

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The US company presented a new robot vacuum model and improved software with more intelligent functions. Thanks to the camera and image recognition, the new Roomba j7 + vacuum cleaner can avoid cables or earphones lying on the floor, for example. The software is also intended to prevent the robot hoover from driving in the droppings of pets and distributing them in the living space.

In order to learn how to recognize objects, hundreds of artificial excrement were formed and painted at iRobot. “We mainly trained with solid remains, liquid animal droppings are much more difficult to recognize and we have to manage expectations accordingly,” said iRobot manager Brent Hild.

At the same time, the robotic vacuum cleaner remembers areas with higher levels of soiling that need to be accessed more frequently. The device creates its own map of the household and can therefore also be instructed by the voice assistant Alexa to clean under the kitchen table after breakfast, for example


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