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Robots To Take On World Of Hotels (VIDEO)
"So much of robotics has to do with physical motion –navigation around our environment and doing increasingly high-level tasks – it makes these two initial markets (of military and home cleaning) seem pedestrian versus the dream of what's possible," said CEO Colin Angle.
A Cnet reports introduces us to "Ava" which is iRobot's three-wheeled pedestal-shaped robot that sports a tablet computer as "her" head. The plan is for Ava to help her parent company, which makes remote-controlled cyber-sneaky military drones, to move beyond that into something more helpful.
In tests, Ava was able to navigate the offices based on a map that it had generated in its "head." Cnet asks, "Will we someday walk into our favorite hotel and find Ava the iRobot ready to escort us to our room – instead of a $30,000-a-year human?"
The report suggests that Ava the robot may be able to handle repetitive tasks that require specific knowledge to complete. Leading a Wal-Mart customer to the isle that has widgets could be done. Walking the kids home from school would be something to think about.