We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 

Video: Sharp's new robot vacuum talks back, takes pictures, streams video to your phone via Wi-Fi


Japan's Sharp reveals a new robotic vacuum cleaner.

It is named the Cocorobo, which combines the Japanese terms for "heart" and "robot."

The vacuum uses three ultrasonic sensors to navigate around obstacles, and actively reacts to its environment.

"Ouch"

It can also trade remarks with its owners...

"How are you feeling?"

...and follow voice commands.

"Clean Up."

The vacuum connects to a wireless network, and can be controlled using apps, available for iPhones and Android devices.
It streams video from a front-mounted camera.

The camera can also be used to take pictures of its surroundings as it spins in a circle.
This feature can be used remotely, allowing owners to check on their homes and pets while they're away.

Cocorobo speaks Japanese in two accents, as well as Chinese and English.


USB Quote.


Like other robotic vacuums, it covers the floor in a semi-random pattern, using two side brushes to sweep up dirt.
It also includes Sharp's PlasmaCluster air cleaning system, the filters for which are built in to its removable dust bin.

The full-featured, chatty version of the Cocorobo will sell for around ¥130,000, or about US$1,600. A more basic version will sell for ¥90,000, or US$1,100.

It will be available in Japan in early June, and released in China within the next few months, then expanded to other Asian countries.

The company is still in the planning stages for a possible US or European launch.

For IDG News Service, this is Jay Alabaster in Tokyo.

Video Source: IDGNS Tokyo
Article Author:
Video Category: Tutorial

Share this video



Comments

Most Popular Videos
Samsung Galaxy S5 waterproof dunk test video play video

Samsung Galaxy S5 waterproof dunk test video

We see if the Galaxy S5 can survive a proper dunk in water in this video.
watch video »


5 reasons why PCs are better than Macs: Mac vs Windows PC - which is best? play video

5 reasons why PCs are better than Macs: Mac vs Windows PC - which is best?

What is best: Mac or PC? Here we examine five key areas, and help you to decide if you should buy a Mac or a Windows PC or laptop. (Answer: get a Windows machine.)
watch video »


Video: Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a seriously impressive tablet that blows away other Androids play video

Video: Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a seriously impressive tablet that blows away other Androids

The Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a huge tablets for those who want to do more simply watch movies, play games and surf the web. Here's our Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 video review.
watch video »




IDG UK Sites

Amazon 3D smartphone release date, price and spec: The hologram phone?

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

IDG UK Sites

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

IDG UK Sites

The art of rebranding: Creative agency The Neighbourhood explains how & why it rebranded