Squeaky clean robots roll in Singapore

Central Station | 19 Jul 2019

Robots that speak various languages and sing are being rolled out in Singapore as cleaners.

Four of them, which have oval-shaped heads, are now at work. And the plan is to have 300 in service by March.

The devices scrub, mop, vacuum and sweep and also rap in English. They speak Singapore's official languages - English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil - plus Japanese and "Singlish," which mixes English with local tongues.

Humans can get a response from the robots by pressing a button called the "heart" or use an app to ask how they feel or to talk about hobbies."Everybody knows a cleaner who's always friendly and remembers your name, so we hope to recreate that," says Dylan Ng, CEO of maker LionsBot.

The robots can be rented from S$1,350 (HK$7,760) a month, and firms are already using them as assistants to human cleaners at Changi Airport's new shopping and entertainment complex, an art gallery, a resort and an office building.

 

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