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Unveiled last year at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas was the Mint robotic floor cleaner, by Evolution Robotics that uses Swiffer like pads to clean your floor.
This year at the CES Mint has won the CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award.
Evolution Robotics partnered with Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject to design the robot.
Until now, home cleaning technologies frankly looked like sci-fi toys. Our belief is that by focusing on a simple and fail-safe consumer experience fused with a clean-modern aesthetic, we create a familiar and friendly product and brand,” said Yves Behar of fuseproject. “CES’s recognition is a great way to show the perfect marriage between sophisticated technology and considered design.
Using cleaning pads like those found on a Swiffer, Mint cleans your floors for you. Mint is guided by something called the NorthStar beacon.
The NorthStar detector uses triangulation to measure position and heading in relation to IR light spots that can be projected onto the ceiling (or other visible surface). Because each IR light spot has a unique signature, the detector can instantly and unambiguously localize. Because the NorthStar detector directly measures position and heading, a localization result is intrinsically robust.
Unlike the XV-II vaccum by Neato Robotics that uses lasers or the Roomba by iRobot that seems to lack smart navigational skills, the Mint cleaner uses infrared light to help navigate and clean in a smart pattern.
See the full press release here.
Click through for a video of this square robot in action.
Recently unveiled at the CES being currently held in Las Vegas, this drone is designed to fly inside or outside, seems easy to control and comes with 2 augmented reality games.
This drone is really a WiFi enabled helicopter with 4 blades and 2 cameras. It also comes with a hull that surrounds the blades for indoor flights. No word yet on pricing or availability.
Click through for a video of the drone in action.
Having a booth at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) this year will be JETRO (Japanese External Trade Organization). CES is held in Las Vegas from January 7 – 10. JETRO will be showcasing some of Japans finest robots including Keepon the dancing marshmallow peep shown here.
From the press release :
Chicago, December 16, 2009 - The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has announced that it will showcase Japan’s emerging service robotics industry in the JETRO Robotics Zone at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 7th-10th, 2010. Robots from Kokoro Co. Ltd., BeatBots LLC and PARO Robots US Inc. will be on display, and JETRO Chicago will deliver information on service robotics in Japan to further promote the commercialization of this nascent industry.
Located within the Robotics TechZone in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CES attendees will be the first ever to see the new I-Fairy receptionist robot from Kokoro Company, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Sanrio Group. The company is building upon its reputation of creating humanoid robots, which began with its success of the Actroid robot that was introduced at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.