Cocorobo, the newest clean bot model of Sharp, is soon to get its latest version that can now think and even chat with its owners.
Last April 2013, Sharp unveiled a new concept to its Cocorobo clean bots line. Called the Kokoro Engine, it was an attempt to infuse its latest home tech products with cloud based applications and voiced personal assistant software.
Next month that concept would finally be realized in a new, complete and commercially available version: the RX-V200. It will be available in Japan starting December 5 with an estimated equivalent price of about $1,300.
Basic functions and specs for the RX-V200 remain more or less the same from the previous models, though it is now enhanced with the installation of a developed version of the Kokoro Engine. The new cloud networking and voice user interfacing functions will give the unit the capability to perform more varied and controlled cleaning functions without the need for constant manual setups. The online database where it is connected to would also allow the unit to take advantage of gathered cleaning data from other Cocorobo units, providing regular optimization of its cleaning routines.
The new functions would practically make the unit more than just an automated clean bot, as it is even designed to interact with users using simple Q&A command statements. You can ask Cocorobo for example, about the weather, or even ask how it is doing (though asking that unfortunately does not make it answer with a long and complicated hardware diagnostic analysis).
Despite providing heavy emphasis on voice-activated commands and queries, the RX-V200 can still be remotely controlled using a smartphone app, to allow users to setup the unit even when away from their homes.
Though first demonstrated on a Cocorobo clean bot, this isn’t the only occasion that the Kokoro Engine was used in a completed commercial product. Previously, Sharp’s refrigerator unit models were also installed with slightly a modified version of the Kokoro Engine, indicating a considerable possibility that the company may be planning to use it as a standard feature on future home tech units and models.