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CES 2021: Meet JetBot, Samsung’s lidar-integrated robot vacuum

12 January 2021
JetBot is a new robotic vacuum that uses 3D sensing via lidar to map routes around objects and furniture to better clean a room. Source: Samsung

Samsung Electronics introduced a new robot vacuum that better responds to its environment in the home or office by using artificial intelligence (AI) and lidar.

The JetBot 90 AI+ uses a combination of sensors and AI to improve object recognition. Lidar technology, like that being used in self-driving cars for object detection and mapping of 3D images, is integrated into the vacuum. The 3D sensor recognizes the difference between objects on the floor and even detects small objects and recognizes room shape to maneuver around those objects.

An object recognition algorithm allows the vacuum to map the safest and most efficient route based on the objects found in a room. The information garnered from the 3D sensor allows JetBot to maintain a safe distance from the objects while cleaning. Anything that is classified as fragile or dangerous is avoided.

The vacuum includes a digital inverter motor that provides 30 W suction to remove dust from the air and dirt from the floor. The robot includes a self-cleaning brush and automatically returns to its docking station for disposal of material once its section has been completed.

Samsung said the JetBot can be controlled via its smart home app where users can schedule a cleaning time, set no-go zones or map the home. Additionally, the robot vacuum has an integrated camera that allows users of the app to watch as the robot cleans or to keep an eye on the home or pets while away.

The JetBot 90 AI+ will be commercially available in the U.S. later this year.

The all-digital CES 2021 is taking place Jan. 11-14.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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