ROBART, the technology leader for artificial intelligence in mobile household robots, will be presenting the company’s grand vision at the IFA 2018 and demonstrating how robots will support the modern household in the future under the motto “get a taste of the future.”
About eight million cleaning robots were sold in 2017, a figure that will increase fivefold over the next seven years. At the forefront, the Austrian robotics expert ROBART, as a specialist for navigation systems for household robots, is driving this development forward through artificial intelligence. At the IFA 2018, the company will be providing insights into today’s technology and tomorrow’s prospects: “We want to show trade professionals at IFA how we can use artificial intelligence to develop useful robots that support and inspire people in everyday life,” co-founder and CMO Michael Schahpar explains.
Intelligent map technology
The ROBART navigation system is a compact unit of sensors, electronics and intelligent software that manufacturers integrate into their robotic devices. “A robot equipped with our navigation solution memorizes the living environment, recognizes individual rooms and can be optimally used in the home,” Schahpar points out. Thanks to ROBART’s Permanent Map technology, the robot can locate itself exactly on its map at any time and perform specific tasks. It can also be comfortably and intuitively controlled via a smartphone app and voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa. “For example, I can close the children’s room off to the robot as long as it’s not tidied up, or carry the robot to the second floor and instruct it to clean the bedroom,” co-founder and CTO Harold Artés elaborates.
At the IFA, a show robot will present the key functionalities in the field of floor cleaning, and also give trade fair visitors a small taste of the future of intelligent household robots by taking orders and serving drinks via an app. “It is going in the direction of a robotic butler. We are already working on implementing this vision,” Artés adds. In 2009, Artés and Schahpar launched the company as a classic start-up. Today, ROBART operates worldwide as a solution provider for the global players of the home appliance industry. Customers already include leading companies such as Rowenta, Bosch, Medion or Kärcher.
- Portrait photo of founder Michela Schahpar
- Portrait photo of founder Harold Artés
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About Robart GmbH
Robart GmbH, headquartered in Linz, Austria, develops and produces intelligent home robots with laser navigation, with emphasis on robot vacuum cleaners. Well-known manufacturers of household appliances, including BSH, Rowenta, Kärcher and Medion, are among its loyal customer base. Robart supplies its customers with complete household robots, AI-powered solutions and provides them with customization and development services. Founded in 2009 by Harold Artés and Michael Schahpar, the company holds over 100 patents/patent applications and employs an international team of more than 50 employees. Robart operates branches in China, Germany and the USA. Well-known investors, such as the Robert Bosch Venture Capital Group, Innovacom, Crédit Mutuel Equity and the SEB Alliance, support global market penetration.
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