Robotic Toilet Cleaner Competition Held in Japan

Published by , November 19, 2018 2:17 pm

(SpectrumIEEE) At the recent World Robot Summit (WRS) in Japan, a robotic toilet cleaning competition was held. The robots had to clean water from around a toilet and clean trash off the floor. Teams had to clean at least 80 percent of the liquid and remove trash from the floor in order to get full points.There were a variety of different approaches that teams used for this challenge at the WRC, including building a robotic system around the entire bathroom to handle the cleaning tasks. Team Homer at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, managed to get things done with a TIAGo mobile manipulator.
In the future, hotels might use teams of humans and robots to service rooms, with the humans doing the tricky tidying up (and probably making the bed), while the robots do the floors and bathroom.

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