The rush to put new technology in the home is heating up like never before. Challengersinclude Amazon (Echo), Google (Home), and soon we’ll have Apple’s Siri device. Microsoft can’t be far behind.
Now here’s a completely different take on home technology, and it’s a perfect example of the Task Unification Technique, one of five in the S.I.T. innovation method. Task Unification is defined as: assigning an additional task to an existing resource. That resource should be in the immediate vicinity of the problem, or what we call The Closed World. In essence, it’s taking something that is already around you and giving an additional job. The new LG Hom-Bot robotic vacuum does just that. Here’s a report from Architectural Digest:
Looking to buy a security system for your home? Consider a vacuum.
LG’s newest Hom-Bot robotic vacuum, available this month, merges cleaning and home security into one smartphone-controlled system.
In addition to sweeping up dust and crumbs, the Hom-Bot has front and top-facing cameras that can be accessed through its app at any time. In a true representation of the “smart” vacuum, once it’s become accustomed to your home, the Hom-Bot will also automatically snap photos and message them to you if it detects movement in an area of the home or at a time of the day when activity is unusual.
A square-ish rather than rounded shape allows it to edge into tighter corners, and its cameras not only act as a safety measure but also help it more accurately map the room to achieve an efficient cleaning route. Its final feature is a sure appeal to a millennial audience: The vacuum is a rose-hued shade of “metallic gold.”
LG’s Hom-Bot Turbo+ costs $999 but additional models without cameras retail for $799 and $699.
To get the most out of the Task Unification technique, you follow five basic steps: