Europeans are often represented as laggards when it comes to embracing innovative new technologies...well, here's one space where they're miles ahead of Americans according to a U.S. company named after the Isaac Asimov novel IRobot. That's right. Robotic floor cleaning. SOUNDBITE: Colin Angle, iRobot CEO saying (English): "We're selling most of our robots outside of the United States, principally in Europe. There's something about the European customer that must be open to the idea that maybe pushing an automatic vacuum cleaner every day isn't why they're here." Colin Angle is the CEO of the Massachussets based robotics company and is in London to launch a new floor scrubbing robot called Scooba. The PackBot you see in the background is designed for very different purposes - to reduce the risk to human life in combat zones. This robot can climb stairs. It has a remote controlled arm to investigate potentially dangerous situations. And it can even get back on an even keel if its knocked over. Saving lives and cleaning carpets - believe it or not, there is some overlap says Angle. SOUNDBITE: Colin Angle, iRobot CEO saying (English): "Our most famous robot, the Roomba vacuuming robot does a very thorough job cleaning your room. Why? Because the algorithms that were put into the robot came out of a military mine hunting program where obviously being thorough was incredibly important." The rise of the robot in our everyday lives has been a staple of futuristic thinking for quite some time. And to a certain extent, it is becoming a reality. There are robots to entertain us, robots to serve us and even humanoid robots designed to help the brighter among us learn the finer points of dentistry. But Angle says this is the new frontier. SOUNDBITE: Colin Angle, iRobot CEO saying (English): "We take vacuuming as seriously as we take bomb disposal." Finding simple solutions to complex problems is the best way, he says, to turn yesteryear's science fiction into tomorrow's commonplace reality. Matt Cowan, Reuters.
The self rotating duster has built-in automatic navigation to clean a variety of floors including wood, tile, laminate, marble and linoleum. The robotic floor cleaner runs on rechargeable batteries, reducing the hassle with cords. The battery charger is included.
(, March 16, 2017 ) size is projected to experience significant growth prospects from 2016 to 2021. The objective of Robotic Floor Cleaner market report is to provide a detailed analysis of the Robotic Floor Cleaner industry and its impact based on applications and on different geographical regions; strategically analyse the growth trends, future prospects; R&D spending and trail investments.
How much time do you spend vacuuming in a year? For me, it used to take some 15 min a week (my apartment in Tokyo is very small!). With my robot floor cleaner, I save more than 17 hours in a year.