Robot Vacuum Doubles as Security Bot

MaddiRuhl - January 6, 2016 - 09:58 AM

Robot Vacuum Doubles as Security Bot

A new robotic vacuum by LG unveiled at CES also doubles as a patrolling security bot.

LG has brought an interesting product to CES this year: the HOM-BOT Turbo+ robotic vacuum cleaner. The robot responds to pictures taken with a smartphone, directing itself to the next area to clean. It even reacts to more specific directions with the tapping of a user's finger on the photo showing the exact spot that needs cleaning. But this robot does a little bit more than simply clean the floors. Given its on-board hardware and sensors, the robot is perfectly positioned to double as a home security bot, which is exactly what it does. A "Home Guard" setting enables the robot to, at any time during its cleaning routine, snap a photo when it detects movement.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) craze takes off, lots of questions have been brought to light, many of which relate back to security. Experts in cyber security, for example, have warned that our security software is not moving as quickly as our smart home developments, leaving an open opportunity for smart homes to be hacked. While LG has added security features into a seemingly unrelated gadget, other companies are looking to close this gap in other ways. Amazon Echo can be programmed to work with existing home alarm and security systems, and Samsung is pursuing front door control and much more with its new smart hub innovations.

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