Cleaning the house is quite a task and a boring at the same time. But why get bored, when you can literally communicate with your vacuum cleaner? Yes, you read it correct! Cocorobo, a robot appliance that cleverly exploits the Cocoro Engine artificial intelligence is a vacuum cleaner robot created by Sharp.
Cocorobo will greet you and make you feel just as if you have a pet around, but the only difference being it cleans and not barks. Apart from being controlled by a remote control or buttons, it can be instructed through voice commands as well which has been made possible by the presence of a speech recognition engine. The robot vacuum cleaner also features an LED light, 1.3 megapixel camera and wireless LAN connectivity. The camera can be used to record images/ videos, which will let the user check the condition of a room (even when away from the house) with the help of various smart applications by connecting Cocorobo with a smartphone. While capturing images, the cleaning device covers 360 degrees and takes four pictures at 90 degrees interval, hence covering the whole area that is sent to the phone.
Cocorobo can be set on an automatic mode or its each move can be controlled. When away, the smartphone acts as a radio controller, which will give users the power to control its movements as they watch the video. The presence of three ultrasound sensors, two at 45 degrees on both sides and one at the front, makes it possible for the device to steer clear off any obstacles that may surface. Dirt gets swept with side brushes and the rotating brushes catch it, while the turbo fan takes it in while rotating at a good 14,000 rpm. The iron phosphate lithium batteries have a life of three years or 1200 charges. The fun yet functional vacuum cleaner will come stashed with a price tag of $1,100 or 90,000 yen and $1,600 or 130,000 yen for basic version and fully featured version, respectively and is expected to be available in early June.