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Friday, January 05, 2007

Home robots at CES 2007

World leading robotics companies met again at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. The cleaning robot fight between USA and Asia continues. American leader iRobot fights with its lastest modells of Roomba Vacuuming Robot, iRobot Scooba Floor Washing Robot against Metapo and its chinese vaccum cleaner CleanMate QQ-2 model that can search for charging station and do self-charging when battery is low. It will continue to do vacuuming when battery recharging is complete. The korean robotics company Hanool Robotics Corp developing robots for military, research, cleaning and educational use enters the home arena with its cleaning robot OTTORO Hanuri-RD4, equiped with two cameras and a laser beamer, it knows where to clean.
The ROMI home robot from korean ETRI entertained the crowd by cleaning the stage via a voice activated command system. ROMI comes with a wireless/CDMA connection that enables it to transmit videos to your PC or phone.

The humanoid race shows the two extremes in contemporaty robotics. One the one side Hondas' ASIMO that enters the sceen as usual demonstrating japanese engineering excellens, as long as it doesn't fall down the stairs again. On the other side chinese based WoWWee with its ny multimedia robot RS Media - a boy toy for everybody.

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