bots IN BRIEF
Samsung's new vacuum — the Smart Tango Corner Clean — has
pop-out brushes that are designed to help the round robot get dirt and
dust out of square corners.
This whole “round vacuums in square rooms” issue is why the
Neato has a square front. Roombas try to solve the problem with a
spinny brush, but since the brush is mounted on the robot's round
chassis, its reach is limited. The brushes pop out whenever the Tango
senses that it's in a corner, allowing it to more effectively get dirt out of
places where it doesn't really fit.
I AM A REAL BOY
Engineers from the University of Zurich's
Artificial Intelligence Lab have begun a rush job
on a service robot designed to look like a
humanoid boy that will be unveiled March 2013.
Roboy — a 1.2 m tall bot — will have artificial
tendons for smoother actions, and soft skin. His
face will be designed after taking a poll to help
decide what it should look like. While the
project has 15 partners and 40 engineers, the
creators are hoping that it can find other
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