30 Apr '14, 3pm

Avidbots Wants to Automate Commercial Cleaning With Robots

Avidbots Wants to Automate Commercial Cleaning With Robots

Vacuuming is one of the few markets where robots have proven that they can be consistently commercially successful . There's a good reason for this: vacuuming is a repetitive, time-intensive task that has to be performed over and over again in environments that are relatively constrained. Despite the success of several companies in the home robot vacuum space , we haven't seen many low cost platforms designed for commercial areas , but a startup called Avidbots is tackling this idea, and they've got operational prototypes. The problem that these robots are really going to have to solve is the same problem that the Roomba struggles with: cleaning robots are not a substitute for a cleaning human. A Roomba (to use a recognizable example) is a maintenance tool, designed to keep your floors cleaner, longer. But, no matter how often you use your Roomba, you'll still need to occa...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-ro...

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