Akihabaranews.com continues their excellent coverage of IREX today with some great photos of the BN-17 Swiffer Robot by Bandai. Although it is pictured pushing a Swiffer, cleaning floors is only one of the capabilities of this robot. Its other functions include those common to other modern companion robots including home security, e-mail, and web access. There is no size, weight or price given, but by the looks of it, I think it’s safe to say that it falls right in between the $400 Roomba and the $85,000 RIDC-01 that was unveiled yesterday. Surprisingly a cursory Google search didn’t yield any additional information on the BN-17, but it has piqued my curiosity so I will remain on the lookout for more details.
The IREX International Robot Expo 2005 is in full swing in Tokyo, Japan right now. Hundreds of companies, organizations and researchers have their robots on display for the public to interact with. From entertainment robots to cleaning bots to robotic receptionists, there are many fresh faces and some familiar ones as well.
One of the most popular exhibits this year is a robotic version of Pac-Man. Players of the game, developed by Bandai and Namco, are able to navigate a robot Pac-Man via remote control through a three dimensional maze complete with robot ghosts.