Singapore’s Cleaning Robots to be Deployed in Spring 2020
Lionsbot Robots ©Lionsbot
These robots are guaranteed to make your day brighter and cleaner
The first-ever construction of subscription cleaning robots is now officially in the works. Lionsbot International has a special treat in store for the people of Singapore and the rest of the world could not be more jealous. Starting March 2020, 300 robots will be deployed on to the urban streets of the high-tech nation and they will be keeping it clean and green for the benefit of the environment and its population. They mop, scrub, sweep and vacuum but there’s so much more than that.
These robots are programmed for friendly encounters with the locals, and no, I don’t just mean polite greetings and mechanic smiles. Picture this: you’re on your way to work and a delightful robot starts serenading you in the street. How is that not the best pick-me-up ever? They speak and sing in all of Singapore’s multiethnic languages so no one is going to be left out from all the fun. Oh, and they rap too. Is it just me or are these robots much cooler than we are?
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.