LG brings home security and augmented reality features to Hom-Bot vacuum cleaner
LG's latest robot vacuum, known as the
Hom-Bot Turbo+, will have an impressive set of features, including
remote camera capabilities and the ability to use your smartphone to
select areas most in need of a clean. The device will be on show at
CES 2016 next month.
Nowadays, there's a wealth of choice when it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, with new products arriving thick and fast in 2015. We've seen several new units unveiled in the last few months, including the smartphone-controlled Neato Botvac Connected, the Wi-Fi-connected Roomba 980, and the bObi pet, which is great for dealing with, you guessed it, pet hair.
At the core of any decent robot vacuum is its navigation software, and it's no different for LG's latest little machine helper. The Turbo+ is powered by a dual core CPU, and uses intelligent Robonavi software to move around the room and avoid obstacles such as table legs and stairs.
In order to do so, the system has to be able to see where it's going. It's fitted with a triple camera set up, allowing it to record the surrounding area, including the ceilings above it, keeping track of where its been and where it's yet to get to.
Those cameras are also used to provide a home security feature known as Home-Guard, and a remote control ability called Home-View. The former is designed to automatically send still images to the users' smartphone if movement is detected when they're not at home, while the latter transmits a real-time feed, allowing for remote control vacuuming from practically anywhere.
You might think that's already a fairly impressive feature set, but LG has one more trick up its sleeve – an augmented reality feature called Home-Joy. It allows users to make use of their smartphone camera to select areas of a room that need particular attention, tapping on a location to send the robot scurrying off to get started.
There's no word yet on the pricing or availability of the Hom-Bot Turbo+, but it will be on show at CES 2016 early next month, where Gizmag will be on the ground.