Romi Robot Orwellian Vacuum Cleaner

Romi the robot vacuum cleaner was developed by ETRI in Korea. It has a particularly neat feature that should make you think of the Jetson's robotic maid Rosie - it accepts voice commands.


(Romi robot vacuum)

However, the recently introduced RIDC-01 robot maid (see RIDC-01 Robot Maid Will Not Replace Rosie In Our Hearts with video) has this feature as well as autonomous path-finding algorithms for complete cleaning as well as dusting mitts. Not to mention a DVD player and wireless news.

So what's the big deal about Romi? Well, it's a surveillance robot vacuum cleaner! Big brother now comes in the form of a sixteen inch robot vacuum cleaner. I think even the developers are stumped regarding this "feature."

I know you are thinking of Rosie:


(Rosie the robot maid from the Jetson's [circa 1960])

SF fans recall Robert Heinlein's The Door Into Summer:

What Hired Girl would do (the first model, not the semi-intelligent robot I developed it into) was to clean floors . . . It swept, or mopped, or vacuum-cleaned, or polished, consulting tapes in its idiot memory to decide which.
(Read more about Heinlein's hired girl robot maid)

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