Roomba maker sees a future where robots do your laundry
In a world where we already have robot discs picking up our pet fur, iRobot sees a future where its popular Roombas might do more than provide us entertaining cat videos.
iRobot’s chief technology officer, Paolo Pirjanian said that the company was working on low-cost manipulation – basically making cheaper robots by using plastic to replace steel though it will mean less precision.
Pirjanian also mentioned what it called its ‘state of the art’ Northstar navigation tech as seen on iRobot’s Braava model. It works by projecting infrared spots onto the ceiling that will be used as guidance markers. In future, the company is planning to use a camera combined with inertial sensors, much like the ones on phones.