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VR Interfaces: Samsung Electronics' Tango


Overview of Samsung Electronics' Tango
It seems that every electronics company is continually trying to one-up their competitors when it comes to semi-autonomous cleaning devices. Samsung Electronics is no exception. They have launched the Tango, to Asian markets only.

It is a flat, disc-shaped robot which is capable of determining for itself, how to treat the surface it is on. It can vacuum carpet, vacuum or polish hardwood floors, vacuum or wash linoleum or tile floors, on its own initiative. It is also capable of cleaning beds - sheets, duvets, pillows in their pillowcases - without human intervention (except to get it up there in the first place).

The company, based in Seoul, Korea, has launched robot vacuum cleaners before and the Tango shares a similar dual spinning brush design of predecessors the Hauzen, launched in early 2008, and the Furot of September 2009, although the design of the Tango's brush has been updated to increase its efficiency.

Additionally, Tango is the first such model to make use of machine vision. On the front of the robot is a 30 frames per second camera, tied directly into a cognitive AI, which the AI uses as its primary navigation system. Secondary to this, is an internal gyroscope to maintain direction, and 13 crash sensors spaced equally around the exterior, each able to detect obstructions up to 2cm away. Ideally stopping or altering the robot's course before it bumps into anything.

There seems to be no likelihood of Samsung Electronics selling the Tango outside of Asian markets. However, it retails for between 500,000 won and 700,000 won, which is about £220/$25(us) and £300/$500(us), so is actually bringing the price of these semi-autonomous cleaners down.

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