It’s almost time for CES, and that means we’re close to getting to see what surprises the robot vacuum world has in store for us in 2016. And yes, we are dead serious about the excitement implied by that statement. First up is LG, who is giving everyone an advance look at their HOM-BOT Turbo+, which puts augmented reality to work.
It looks like the application of augmented reality will be similar to what we’ve seen in a few other robot vacuums — namely, spot cleaning. Using a smartphone app, you’ll be able to use the smartphone’s camera to look at the room and tap spots that need extra cleaning. The HOM-BOT Turbo+ will go where you tap, satisfying all you out there who aren’t satisfied with the first cleaning.
Otherwise, the HOM-BOT Turbo+ is your standard automated robot vacuum, although it sounds so far like a particularly good one. The vacuum uses multiple cameras to create a complete scan of the room, using that scan to track its progress. That’s combined with a dual-processor unit running Robonavi software, which steers the vacuum around obstacles as they are detected. All that should make it one of the more efficient vacuums, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long for it to come back for charging multiple times. The front camera can also be used to stream a live feed to your smartphone, which makes it possible to remotely control the vacuum.
LG did sneak in one other pretty cool feature here — the HOM-BOT Turbo+ can double as a home security camera. When not cleaning, that front camera can alert you when it detects unexpected movement, while sending pictures so you know whether or not it’s a false alarm immediately.
We don’t know when the LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ will be available or how much it will cost, but it will be on display at CES in a couple weeks. Chances are we’ll find out more then.