ECO­V­ACS ROLLS OUT AI UP­GRADE TO CLEAN­ING BOTS

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // ECOVACS - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

Chi­nese-based Eco­v­acs has sought to make its robotic clean­ers even smarter, de­but­ing new ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware, which will recog­nise and avoid ob­jects.

Eco­v­acs’ new AI-en­abled up­grade – named ‘AIVI (Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Vis­ual In­ter­pre­ta­tion) - in­tro­duces ob­ject and spa­tial recog­ni­tion to the com­pany’s sta­ble of robotic clean­ers.

Work­ing with Eco­v­acs’ ex­ist­ing Smart Navi tech­nol­ogy, ro­bots will now bet­ter adapt to a user’s home, pro­vid­ing a more op­ti­mised floor clean­ing route.

“We ex­pect this in­no­va­tion will set a new stan­dard for floor clean­ing ro­bots by truly tak­ing the has­sle out of floor clean­ing for users,” claims David Qian Eco­v­acs Ro­bot­ics Board Deputy Chair­man and Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Unit.

Pow­ered by AI, Eco­v­acs’ ro­bots will use deep learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to

avoid house­hold items that typ­i­cally ob­struct floor clean­ing ro­bots – e.g. ca­bles, shoes, slip­pers, dust­bins, door­sills and rugs.

The in­no­va­tion claims to min­imise pick­ing up items prior to use.

Eco­v­acs as­serts AI is only used to match a ro­bot’s sur­round­ings with iden­ti­fied ob­sta­cles, with no im­ages sent to the com­pany or third par­ties.

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