LG's latest robotic vacuum doubles as a home security camera

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Dec 21, 2015
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  1. iRobot and Neato are the manufacturers most often associated with robotic vacuums but there are plenty of other competitors vying for your hard-earned money. The latest high-tech floor cleaner from LG is no exception.

    LG's new Hom-Bot Turbo+ packs a couple of noteworthy features that tech-savvy users may find interesting. Home-Joy is an augmented reality mode that allows you to point your smartphone's camera at an area of the room you want cleaned. Once defined, the roving robot will get down to work.

    If that doesn't impress you, maybe this next feature will.

    As many robotic vacuum users have found, scheduling a cleaning while away from home is one of the many benefits of owning such a device. The Turbo+ features a trio of cameras that assist the Robonavi software in efficiently navigating your home.

    These cameras can be used to view the robot's cleaning job in real-time and help to remotely control the device while away through the Home-View function. The Home-View function, meanwhile, puts the cameras to work as a mobile security system, allowing the robot to send still images to your mobile device if it detects movement in a home that should be empty.

    As for how well the actual vacuum component works, we'll have to reserve judgment for a later date.

    LG plans to showcase the Hom-Bot Turbo+ at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. No word yet on when it'll go on sale or for how much.

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  2. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    So... unintentional crotch shots. Great...

    But I am curious if you could RC it.

    It would be a great toy to convince kids to clean their rooms.
    Uncle Al likes this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,336   +1,984

    I think I'm going to hold out for the next version with the basic 12 ga. attachment so if your poor vacuum should find itself confronted by a burglar it can "stand it's ground". Of course, considering it's primarily function in life, a court of it's peers (can openers, microwave ovens, etc) might decide it was a self serving act, especially if it bothered to clean up afterwards.

    Oh, life's little challenges! I want to hear what the AI haters have to say about this one!
    RebelFlag and Reehahs like this.
  4. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    NOW that is a great idea, so instead of playing the sims you can remote vacuum, it might also be a great way to get your teens up by randomly sending the bot in while their sleeping in !
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Taking shots underneath ladies skirts, with direct upload to Instagram - they are gonna love it!
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Just pray to God a burglar doesn't hack it to shoot you just as you come home to an empty house.....:eek:
    Reehahs, Uncle Al and mailpup like this.
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    You'd probably end up with a lot of pictures of your cat or dog, which could be hilarious or annoying.

    If you want to go for security....
    Uncle Al likes this.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,336   +1,984

    Careful! THis makes so much sense they might try to sue you! Better spill a little HOT McDonalds coffee on yourself so you have enough money for all those lawyers!
    stewi0001 likes this.
  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    meh, I work for lawyers :D

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