iRobot, the US company that launched Roomba, a well-known sweeping robot, said recently that it was developing a disc-shaped home assistant with a robotic arm. In the company’s vision, this roomba with limbs is better suited to many of the complex tasks in the family, including laundry, washing dishes, and giving you the hand.
Colin Angle, the Massachusetts-based chief executive, revealed the plans to Bloomberg at the CES 2020 show in Las Vegas. Mr Angel said iRobot would not let Roomba go down the old road of upgrading for the next five years, and the lab is already working on a prototype version.
While Roomba with a robotic arm may sound strange, Angel told Bloomberg that the company already has a wealth of experience in the field:
iRobot has previously developed robotic arm technology for the military. Although the company sold the business in 2016, it retained some of its assets. At the time, it was not clear how the robotic arm technology would be incorporated into the home environment, but now with the rapid development of computer vision and the maturity of robotics, it is possible.