The encounters are not one-sided. Humans may interact with the robots by pressing on their ‘heart’ button or use an app to relay questions such as “What is your name?”, “What are you feeling?” and “What are your hobbies?” And just like humans, they have different facets of interests so prepare for some interesting responses. If you are on the go and disappointed to miss out on some robotic contact, send a wink their way and they will be sure to return the favor. Just make sure not to get in the way of their cleaning duties because they will make jokes at your expense.
As much fun as these robots are, its positive effect on the economy is undeniable. Cleaning companies may rent the robots for a sum in the range of 1,350 SGD to 2,150 SGD. There are 13 models of robots specializing in different functions depending on the kind of cleaning involved. Aside from helping the environment and delighting people, the robots have a very serious purpose: to bridge a labor shortage gap.
The robots are not intended to replace human custodian jobs, but to instead act as their assistants. The robotics ecosystem is set to secure investments amounting to 300 million SGD and make way for the framework of at least 1,000 new jobs in the next five years.