Is a home robot just around the corner?

The Roomba 980 robot vacuum cleaner goes around a room sucking dust and debris.
The Roomba 980 robot vacuum cleaner goes around a room sucking dust and debris.PHOTO: IROBOT

Since the rollout of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, there has not been a second category of robots that could work in the home

SAN FRANCISCO • Why is there still a vacuum in useful home robotic devices? After all, it has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was rolled out.

It simply wandered around a room sucking up dust and debris. A second generation was able to make its way back to a recharging station.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2018, with the headline 'Is a home robot just around the corner?'. Print Edition | Subscribe