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Japanese robots helps people clean offices8th of December 2011
In Japan, Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo have developed a robot that can help human workers clean offices.
This robot is a follow-up to a previous model the two companies unveiled 10 years ago, which was much more basic. This new version can navigate around desks, office equipment and other obstacles. Powered by battery, it can move around at 30 metres per minute.
Other features include a laser range finder which it uses to politely announce its presence. For example, before bumping into an obstacle or a human, it will say: "Please get out of the way, I am cleaning this room!"
If there is no response or movement for 15 seconds, the robot will move around the obstacle and continue to do its job.