Customizable Home Robot Created, Roomba a One Trick Pony

Customizable Home Robot Created, Roomba a One Trick Pony

Posted On: November 26, 2008
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Two students from Louisiana State University’s department of computer science know a couple fundamental facts about Americans: 1. We’re lazy, and 2. We don’t got a lotta dough right now to be throwing away on a different robot for each household job that needs to be done. To that end they’ve created a single robot that can be customized to perform a number of household duties. While your Roombas and Scoobas chug away with their specialized functions, LSU’s AgBot is able to do a range of things. Need a bot to mow the lawn? AgBot will raze those unruly blades. Need the same bot to keep your house under surveillance? Some minor tweaks and you’ve got a robot that has night vision, motion detection, an alarm, and the ability to email pictures of any home intruders.
S.S. Iyengar, chair of the computer science department, said, “What is most impressive about this robot is that it is multi-functional and no one else is currently designing multi-functional robots.” Well it’s a good thing somebody’s looking out for my desire to sleep 18 hours a day while a robot whirs about the house keeping things in order. “The ultimate goal for the AgBot is to be completely customizable. With minor adjustments, the robot can support five or six different applications including picking up mail, say the students.” What will the future bring? Ten applications? Twenty? It’s only a matter of time before Rosie is cooking me breakfast, I just hope the housekeeping robots of tomorrow don’t use the same brush for cleaning the silverware that they use to clean the bathroom…or do I?

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