The idea behind this robot is simple enough, to clean a kitchen. So simple, and useful, in fact that I’m somewhat surprised that this is the first concept I’ve seen so far.
The engineers that have come up with this clever, albeit, practical robot, did so by developing techniques with use of artificial intelligence, optimization algorithms and applying them to everyday business operations. While doing this, they recognized that these same techniques could be used in the robotics field. Thus the Readybot idea was born.
While this is not the most advanced robot and it does not try to mimic human motion, it gets the job done. The designers are quite honest about what it can and can’t do. “After activation, it rolls out (from under the counter), deploys several antenna-like cameras, and raises itself up to human height to begin work. Slowly but steadily, it picks up cups, bowls, and plates, dumps food, loads the dishwasher, scrapes and scrubs the countertop. When needed, it grabs one of several custom tools to scrub, sponge, or maneuver.”
At the moment, the prototype can do about 30-40% cleaning tasks, with 80% being the ultimate goal. They hope to get a purchasable model within the next 2 yrs.