News Archive: January 2014

WaiterBot from Yujin Robotics

Yujin WaiterBot

It is not widely known that besides the iClebo vacuum cleaning robots Yujin Robotics makes industrial and service robots as well. In previous years a teaching robot was sitting on the desk at their booth, but this year a waiter robot was demonstrating the capabilities of their new service robot platform. WaiterBot takes the order, goes to the vending machine to pick up the items and delivers them to the customer.

Moneual RoboSpin

Moneual RoboSpin

Although I have already reported about Moneual's new robot before CES opened its doors, I went back to see Moneual's booth because the company has received a few awards this year. The most eye catching awardee was the Moneual RoboSpin that autonomously cleans the floor while spins on two microfiber disks. Of course the robot is not systematic, but it can go along the walls or go in circular motion. It is hard to say how well it would cover the floor of a real house, but the idea didn't seem to be bad.

Ecovacs Deebot D9 and Famibot

Ecovacs Deebot D93

Ecovacs didn't bring anything new to CES this year, I only found the refined, working versions of the robots that I have seen at IFA a few months ago.

Hands Adam lacquey

Hands Adam

Adam is a lacquey robot prototype that despite the name of its creator, has no hands at all.

The beauty of a CES visit is that it is possible to meet people who might just have the next success story in their hands (no pun intended). I clearly remember the moment when I saw the Nest thermostat at CES Unveiled in 2012, and today the company was sold for a whopping $3,2 billion. Although I don't expect Adam to have such a bright future, but the the inventors behind it naturally have high expectations.

Grillbot

Grillbot

Grilling is cool, cleaning the grill is not so. In fact, it is probably the most hated part of this leisure activity. Thank to an inventor a robot can do the job for us from this summer.

Grillbot made its first appearance at the end of 2012, but it rather looked funny than serious. Then it got a home page and they started to take pre-orders. Although I was skeptical about the robot even after seeing the demo video, Ethan woods, the inventor brought fully functional robots to CES this year.

Hobot 168 window cleaning robot

Hobot window cleaner

It goes only on one side of the window, and it can also clean tiled walls.

Neato XV Essential

Neato XV Essential

I was expecting something totally new, but Neato only brought a new color to CES. I am very disappointed about Neato now.

Neato Robotics very rarely comes to CES. As far as I can remember the last time they were here was when they released the original Neato XV-11. They didn't have a booth at the CES exhibition area this year either, but they had a little spot at one of the warm-up press events. Foolishly I hoped that they had something important to show to the press.

iRobot Scooba 450

iRobot Scooba 450

iRobot has announced Scooba 450, the latest addition to the company's floor washing robot line.

I was more or less right with my guess in the last post, that iRobot was preparing the launch of a new floor washing robot. Not much after the teasers went out, the robot maker has pulled the covers from the iRobot Scooba 450 that replaces the three year old Scooba 390 in iRobot's offerings. Although the new model looks very different from its predecessors, the main principles in the cleaning process are unchanged.

iRobot: New way to clean

iRobot: New way to clean

According to a short video posted recently on iRobot's Facebook wall, the robot maker is preparing an announcement for tomorrow. The 18 second video shows a typical CLEAN button that is framed by a not common circular light that probably represents some kind of feedback on the robot. The lights reflect on the dark foreground that turns out to be water.

Moneual Rydis H68 Pro

Moneual Rydis H68 Pro

Moneual has significantly improved its hybrid floor cleaning robot that now cleans the floor methodically. I have seen this robot before at IFA in Berlin last year, but at that time it was called Moneual Rydis MR6800M and despite it's look it did not include the top mounted camera. Although Moneual was demoing versions with a camera, I was told that the MR6800M will not have the camera in it. The systematically moving version of the robot was revealed just a few hours ago at one of the warm-up events for CES 2014.

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