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 Vacuum robot wins ?Robot of the Year?

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Date posted: 05/01/2007

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has awarded the title of ?Robot of the Year, 2006? to a cleaning robot, after examining all new developments last year.

The robot that won the award, won due to its ability to carry out the cleaning work usually undertaken by two humans.

Sucking an area of 3000 square metres in 4 hours on a single charge, the vacuum robot also has the ability to use elevators to move from floor to floor with ease. The happy winners, co-creators Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo, sell the robot with a custom cleaning program for 20 million yen (?87,000), which they claim actually saves the buyer money within ten years.

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