Meet the AI-Powered Toilet-Cleaning Bot: Taking On the Job Nobody Wants!

By: | August 24th, 2023

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The significance of pristine restrooms becomes evident when visiting any public facility. However, the task of cleaning bathrooms is anything but glamorous. Despite the presence of a dedicated workforce focused on restroom maintenance, the idea of advancing one’s career by wielding a toilet brush holds little allure.

A startup based in New York aims to liberate janitorial staff from one of the most dreaded duties.

In a fascinating twist, the ordinary chore of restroom cleaning is undergoing a technological revolution, thanks to the introduction of the autonomous SOMATIC robot.

This ingenious autonomous robot is seamlessly integrated with virtual reality technology.

It employs a hands-free, three-step approach to meticulously sanitize all bathroom surfaces, all the while operating without the need for constant supervision. This groundbreaking innovation has the added benefit of reducing staff turnover.

This robot cleaner can easily stay hidden in a storage area in your office building. It works tirelessly to clean bathrooms and provides 40 hours of service every week.

No supervision is required at all, it can even take the elevators to move between floors.

Since the layout of the restroom will remain the same, Somatic only needs to perform a single remote setup using virtual reality simulation. During this setup, the staff guides the robot on where to clean, disinfect, vacuum, and blow-dry. Following the trial period, the robot relies on LiDAR and other space-sensing technology to navigate within the restroom.

The robot can autonomously refill the necessary cleaning chemicals, open doors on its own, and work for up to eight hours per day.

Somatic aims to lease the robot to places like airports, casinos, office spaces, and other establishments with large commercial restrooms. During the trial phase, the cost is approximately $1,000 per month.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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