Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The maker of Roomba says its robots may someday recognize everything in your house




The Roomba has been cleaning apartment floors for years now, but its creator sees a future where the popular household robot carries out far more useful chores. "Consumer research tells us that laundry is the number one household task that people spend their time on, so a laundry robot would be on top of the list," said iRobot CTO Paolo Pirjanian in an interview with MIT Technology Review. But he conceded it'll be some time before we're handing off laundry duty.
Still, by the sounds of it, the company is making some very real progress. When it comes to navigation and helping robots understand their surroundings, Pirjanian said "the next generation that we’re working on uses a camera combined with inertial sensors like in a cell phone....
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