Another Roomba coming from Japan – more features (receives up to 30 verbal commands and uses sonar and infrared sensors, 1 hour of continuous performance – don’t know if it is more intelligent) and more expensive (almost 4 times Roomba).
Is it a threat to Roomba?
By Sarah Berlow, May 8, 2012.
Cocorobo’s many gadgets make iRobot’s popular Roomba look like it should be sold alongside Easy Bake ovens. Voice recognition technology enables Cocorobo’s vacuum to respond to greetings or commands — in multiple languages or dialects. (So far, though, its vocabulary is limited to about 30 phrases, such as “I understand.”)
Cocorobo dances around in reply to commands, resembling the Jetson housekeeper’s friendly compliance. A camera also enables Cocorobo to watch the pet left at home, sending photos via cloud technology to the owner’s iPhone or other smartphone. It can vacuum for up to an hour before requiring a recharge. It does so by linking itself at a port, and has a USB port installed in the vacuum to download updates, such as an expanded vocabulary.
With so much technology heaped onto it, Cocorobo’s vacuuming capability seems almost an afterthought, though Sharp claims it also has an extra-powerful vacuuming system.