iRobot planning an Android-based robot

May 12, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
iRobot showed an AVA robot with an iPad at CES in January 2011.

(PhysOrg.com) -- iRobot is working on robots that have the brains of an Android tablet. The goal is an Android-based tablet that is able to see the world around it, hear input from humans, respond and think about the next task that needs to be done. These robots will be somewhere between the super-advanced military grade robots developed by organizations such as DARPA and the Roomba sitting under your sofa. This is good news that the goal to create these mid-range robots is one that they hope to achieve in our lifetime.

iRobot CEO Colin Angle showed off a prototype robot at the I/O show. The robot, which has been named AVA, will actually be on the market and available to the developers who are interested, at an as yet unknown date this year.

The AVA robot works by grafting an Android tablet onto a mobile style of robot body that looks a lot like a pillar with a wide wheelbase. That base then attaches to a Motorola Xoom tablet that is not only the brains of the robot, but its . The robot is able to make maps of the areas that it navigates, as well as avoiding both stationary and , with a speed of up to 2 meters per second.

The developers used an Android-based tablet because it had what they needed, but according to sources close to the project, that they are open to working with other types of tablet PCs. Business oriented versions of the robots are expected to go on sale next year.

Explore further: Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Related Stories

Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their own

Feb 10, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- We tend to assume that robots need human input in order to understand the world around them. In the near future humans may not even be a part of the robotic-learning equation. Soon, robots ...

iRobot Unveils Morphing Blob Robot (w/ Video)

Oct 15, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- iRobot's latest robot is unique on many levels. The doughy blob moves by inflating and deflating - a new technique its developers call "jamming." As the researchers explain in the video below, ...

Musical robots perform duets (w/ Video)

Nov 26, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- A flute playing robot unveiled by Waseda University last year has been joined by a robot saxophonist in a Classical music duet. The aim of the project was to design robots that could respond ...

Tablet PC's Getting Ready for Android 3.0

Aug 03, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, is advancing in its development and appears to be on target for an October release. Android 3.0 is expected to have a more intuitive interface and support upcoming ...

Recommended for you

Cyclist's helmet, Volvo car to communicate for safety

11 hours ago

Volvo calls it "a wearable life-saving wearable cycling tech concept." The car maker is referring to a connected car and helmet prototype that enables two-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists ...

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

12 hours ago

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles ...

Britain's UKIP issues online rules after gaffes

12 hours ago

UK Independence Party (UKIP), the British anti-European Union party, has ordered a crackdown on the use of social media by supporters and members following a series of controversies.

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

12 hours ago

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

CSharpner
not rated yet May 12, 2011
That's cool. Now we've just got to find a practical business use for them so I can justify to my bosses to get me one!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.