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Global consumer electronics giant LG Electronics has launched a robotic vacuum cleaner with built-in artificial intelligence and machine learning as one of a “new breed” of AI- enabled appliances being developed.

LG says its R9 CordZero robotic vacuum uses "Deep ThinQ" machine learning technology, and can recognise objects and room layouts and over time learn how to effectively navigate around them for a “thorough cleaning result”.

The R9 uses an on-board camera and laser sensor to analyse the spaces in your home, by mapping its path as it navigates around the rooms and vacuums as it goes – “meaning the R9 learns how to clean your house more effectively over time and does the dirty work without you lifting a finger, and you can even control and monitor it remotely”, says LG.

“Once the rooms in your home are fully mapped and the furniture objects and room layouts learnt the R9 can go about the cleaning task with amazing navigation accuracy to get into almost every nook and cranny and clear away unwanted dust, dirt and pet hair.

“As a bonus, the ‘MyZone’ feature uses the established maps of the rooms to let you select specific areas, via the SmartTHINQTM smartphone app, to either clean or leave untouched depending on the individual room cleaning requirements,” LG says in its material promoting the device.

LG says the R9’s Smart Quick Charge feature means that if the battery runs low before the vacuum has finished its full cleaning schedule it will automatically return to its docking station for a short duration charge – and the R9 will then assess the amount of battery recharging time required, charge the battery and then recommence cleaning to complete the remainder of the designated task.

The R9 HomeView feature lets a user access the machine remotely via a compatible smartphone and view inside your home using the front mounted camera – and allowing the user to control the vacuums motion with the on-screen controls and even view on your smartphone screen exactly what the vacuums camera can see.

“And with the even more amazing HomeGuard feature the vacuum can be positioned in a set location within the home and enabled to detect movement or unexpected motion. If something is detected it takes 5 pictures of the area and sends them to a connected smartphone. Great for keeping an eye on pets, for example, as they come in and out of a doggy door while you’re away.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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