The age of robotics is not far away. You can already see and feel it as a growing industry. In some advance countries, they are already using robots in hotels, restaurants, car manufacturers and so on. It is but unavoidable that robots will come to our homes soon. Maybe you have seen movies showing robots doing some household chores. For the housewives, would you be excited to relegate your household duties to robots? This is the goal in our modern technologies, to free us from basic works. The development of robots doing the vacuuming jobs is a fantastic invention indeed for home use.
For several years, the idea of having robots machine for cleaning the floor has been on the drawing board of our scientists, and it is only around 1990's that the actual work for this machine has started. A company finally presented the first robot vacuum cleaner named Trilobite, where its abilities were demonstrated in a television program in 1996. By 2001, they mass-produced it and sold to the public. For more info, check out the robotic vacuum reviews at this link.
The first Trilobite can map the floor and with its ultrasonic sensors can detect objects along its way. It was however not that efficient to avoid sharp objects, and so by 2004, the manufacturing company designed another more advanced Trilobite v0.2. This new robot has infrared sensors that can better detect things and stairs. With its battery level indicator, it is programmable to clean as a certain period. However, this company stopped later the Trilobite robot vacuum lines.
Another company attempted to manufacture its commercial series of robot vacuums called DC06. But because of its expensive production costs, with a possible retail price of no less than $6,000.00, this plan was concluded not feasible.
Another company, founded by three MIT graduates, produced another robot called Roomba. This model was a success and became a leader in the market because of its capability to detect dirt and can work longer on dirtier places. Roomba had a competitor from another company. This competitor has an advanced laser detector that makes the robot clean the floor in a more systematic procedure. It became popular with this innovation, but the sales from Roomba were higher because the suction property is stronger and its battery can lasts longer.
Even as of 2014, the robot vacuum industry is still at its infancy stage. Major vacuum companies are still finding ways how to enter the market. There are still some concerns as to how robots will function more efficiently, like how it can roam around the house area, how it can go back to its charger, and how it can fit into smaller devices. If these technical concerns will be solved, cleaning our homes will be much easier and faster. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_cleaner to read more about this.