JAPAN: Electronics giant, Sharp has announced a vacuum cleaner named Cocorobo – that features a mounted camera, voice recognition and a built-in air purifier.
Jitsuo Sakamoto, a division manager at Sharp announced Cocorobo, saying: “We’ve developed a product that is a vacuum cleaner, but I think there is a need for automated products beyond vacuums. There will be new demand for such products and so we want to create them, without limiting ourselves to vacuums.”
A oody Vacuum Cleaner: Sharp plans to develop a new line of home appliances that have personality and communicate with their owners, like housekeeper pets. ‘Cocorobo’ is a combination of two words ‘heart’ and ‘robot’ in Japanese. This vacuum cleaner is quite moody and will occasionally complain about being tired, or say it’s not having that great of a day.
Ultrasonic Sensors: It uses three ultrasonic sensors to avoid obstacles, covering floors in a semi-random pattern. It responds to voice commands like “Clean Up” or “Go Home,” and utters “Ouch!” whenever it bumps into a wall.
Control remotely via mobile phone: Cocorobo vacuum cleaner comes with a mounted camera device which is capable of streaming videos to mobile phones. It can be connected to a Wi-Fi network and controlled by using a mobile phone application for iPhone handsets and Android OS smartphones. The app works as a remote control and displays a video stream from its front-mounted camera. The app can also record voice messages for playback to family members through the vacuum or spin around and take images so that the remote users can check on their homes and pets while they’re away.
Price and Availability: The fully-intelligent version of Cocorobo will cost around 130,000 Japanese Yen (US$1,600) and the basic version will be priced at ¥90,000. It is scheduled to be available in Japan in early June. Sony will release Cocorobo in China within the next few months followed by other Asian countries.
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