The Roomba competitor was named a finalist in an IFR/IEEE competition.
LG Electronics’ HOM-BOT Smart Vacuum Cleaning Robot was recognized as a finalist at the 7th Annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA).
A co-sponsored activity between the International Federation of Robotics and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the purpose of the IERA award is to highlight and honor the achievements of inventors with value-creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products.
The IERA underlines the determination of both the International Federation of Robotics and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society to promote stronger collaboration between robotics science and the robotics industry.
Among its features, the HOM-BOT boasts noise levels of 60dB along with a Dual Eye Camera Sensor, the first time the sensing device has been incorporated in a vacuum cleaner. The camera sensor uses one lens on the top fascia and one on the bottom, to provide more comprehensive visual data. The upper camera is also tasked with simultaneously mapping and remembering floor plans, while the lower camera is equipped with an Optical Flow Sensor that captures a myriad of surface images per second, providing distance information and plotting paths for the HOM-BOT to follow.
Additionally, ultrasonic and infrared sensors identify obstacles and work to prevent the so-called redundant bump-and-retreat action. Failsafe systems are built in, so in the event that the HOM-BOT does run into an obstacle, the accelerometer and gyro sensor allow the cleaner to react accordingly.
HOM-BOT also was named a winner of a red dot design award from the Essen Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The 2011 competition received 4,433 products from 1,700 companies, entered from 60 different countries. The HOM-BOT is the only robotic cleaner to receive both IERA recognition and a red dot design award, according to a company statement.