Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100 and RX-V80

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Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100

Sharp has finally done what all Japanese technology companies should have done years ago: announced the first truly Japanese vacuum cleaning robots. The new Sharp Cocorobo family consists of two very similar cleaning bots that share the same design principles but offer slightly different capabilities. Both robots are driven by the same artificial intelligence, called Cocoro engine, and both provide the same air purification via Sharp's patented ionizer technology called Plasmacluster.

The Sharp Cocorobo RX-V80, the simpler and cheaper of the two will provide basic vacuum cleaning functionality. It navigates in the room using ultrasonic sensors for distance measurement, and equipped with all the basic technologies, like drop sensors and automatic charging, that we expect from a modern robot these days. The robot has a long brush bar on the bottom and two brushes on the sides to help the vacuum system in the cleaning process. The washable dust bin is placed under the top cover, and can be emptied without the touch of the dust and debris. Ionization is preceded by filtration through a HEPA grade filter. The robot works on both hard floor and carpet. The 16V 3.0Ah iron phosphate lithium battery drives the robot for about an hour (although working time highly depends on the floor type), and can be recharged in about 4 hours. The Sharp RX-V80 comes with a docking station and an IR remote control, and provides proper scheduling capability for 7 days a week.

The Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100 does all the above but provides several different communication options as well. Its voice recognition system understands several basic commands, and can reply to these with voice response. The robot can also connect to a local Wi-Fi network, putting the LED light supported built in 1.3 megapixel camera (transmitted image is only VGA - 0.3 megapixel) available from the internet. Controlling software will be available for Android and iOS mobile devices, and will allow the full control of the robot from the distance. The connection will also be available for bi-directional voice communication if necessary.

These robots are the first of a series from Sharp to help the support of elderly people in their daily lives. Both pearl white Cocorobo RX-V100 and silver color Cocorobo RX-V80 robots will be available in Japan from June, 2012 for ¥130,000 ($1,600) and ¥90,000 ($1,100) respectively.

(The first Japanese company to announce a market ready robotic vacuum cleaner was Toshiba in August 2011, but the Smarbo VC-RB100 was nothing more than a re-branded Samsung Navibot SR8855, therefore we would not call that a true Japanese cleaning robot. Other companies, like Hitachi have introduced vacuum cleaning robots a decade or so ago, but those robots never made it to the market.)

Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100
Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100
Sharp Cocorobo RX-V80
Sharp Cocorobo RX-V80

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