Singapore unleashes army of friendly robots on its city
Singapore is releasing 300 friendly cleaning robots across the city-state of Singapore.
While currently only four are in service, the city has said there will be more than 300 by next March.
The robots scrub, mop, vacuum and sweet autonomously. They also know how to rap in English.
Other skills include the ability to speak all four of Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil – plus Japanese and ‘Singlish’, which melds English words with local phrases.
"I'm the coolest thing in town, I'll make your world light up, hey you're never gonna frown," one robot rapped during the official launch.
The robots come in 13-different configurations, depending on what their jobs need to be. They are produced by local company LionsBot.
They can tell jokes or ask humans to move aside if they are in the way. Humans can also get a response from the robots by pushing a heart-shaped button on the chest. They can also connect via app, for more complicated questions or tasks.
"Everybody knows a cleaner that's always friendly and would remember your name and say hi, so we hope to recreate that," LionsBot CEO Dylan Ng said at the launch.
The robots can be rented for about $1,000 per month. LionsBot has said six cleaning partners have already been signed up, and that more robots will be deployed as they are produced.