Japanese electronics maker Sharp has launched a tri-lingual robot vacuum cleaner named Cocorobo, that communicates as it cleans.
Cocorobo also has the ability to send photographs from the home to a cell phone, perfect for house pride types desperate to keep up to date with cleaning in progress. The robot cleaner also purifies the home as it dodges furniture with its ultrasound sensors.
Priced at $1,600 the cleaner can even be considered as a robot pet due to its nifty use of languages. Cocorobo boasts an impressive 36 phrase vocabulary base in Japanese, English and Chinese, allowing it to communicate with handy quips such as “Long time no see." The Saudi Gazette reported Cocorobo can also respond to enquiries with retorts which include “I’m cool and feeling good.”
According to CNet a cheaper non-talking camera-less cousin is available for $1,100. Sharp plans to put Cocorobo on sale in Japan in June, followed by launches in other countries.