A robot walking up to you to collect the daily garbage and another one sweeping the street. Soon, this fond dream may turn into reality.
This new generation of mobile and autonomous robots is part of the DUSTBOT research project under the VI European Framework Programme.
These state-of-the-art robots are suitable for the monitoring of large spaces (open and closed), and as guides for people in large shopping areas — indicating to them where a particular shop or product is within a shopping centre.
They are also suitable for accompanying elderly people or those with certain disabilities (both at home and outside), thanks to their functions of orientation, navigation, communications with others or tele-assistance centres, says a DUSTBOT release.
They can also be used as guides in museums, besides the cleaning of both open and closed surfaces.