Merlin Robotics (www.merlinrobotics.co.uk) have created a new remote navigation system that allows a standard robot vacuum cleaner (IRoomba with wireless link for example) to navigate around large complex indoor spaces such as homes and offices without getting lost. Merlin will launch this service to customers 1st Qtr 2008. The navigation system currently requires a simple plan of the space to be navigated but future version will generate the plan automatically. The video shows the simple room plan and the programmed waypaints. The route is designed to demonstrate a path that cannot be achieved via dead-reckoning alone.
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