Nanotech and Robotics: Made for Each Other
Nano-technology is an essential branch of modern science and electronics. The more we learn about the potential of this technology, using different nanoparticles to form new materials and offer advances in home robots, the more usable and interesting it becomes for the everyday person and household.
Nano-technologies in home robots are used for many things like our smaller and faster computers, robotic vacuum cleaner models, smart home hubs, smaller sleeker smartphones with more features, and better photo cameras.
It is so perfectly intertwined in the modern world that users are unaware of its true reach.
It has countless military and medical applications that revolutionize surgery and warfare. Nano-technology isn’t all about high-end developments in military and medical applications. Many of the best inventions and applications are in more accessible technology.
Thin, strong layers of materials can enhance the durability of any machine. Anti-microbial nano-particles aren’t restricted to healthcare in hospitals. Tiny, smart processors aren’t limited to top military applications.
The Rise Of The Smart Home
The rise of the smart home means a desire for small, intelligent and functional robots in domestic situations.
Nano-tech has transformed the way that homeowners interact with systems and clean their homes. Nano-technology and smart devices combine to create appealing tech with a range of benefits.
The appeal of nano-technology for smart devices is broad, with many consumers and developers with different benefits. The appeal comes down to a number of important factors:
- nanotechnology shrinks the device to a convenient size for the home
- it increases the performance and intelligence capabilities
- it allows for new functions within familiar tech for increased potential
- it provides new surfaces and nano-coatings for strength and high performance
- it provides safe nano-particles to improve cleanliness and hygiene.
Nano-technology For Smaller Smart Devices For The Home Environment
There seems to be no limit to the size of some nano-creations. There are impressive ideas regarding nano-bots and tiny insect-like machines. They come with the great potential for remote military activity under the radar, as well as precise medical applications.
We don’t need home technology on quite such a small scale, but there is still a desire to shrink devices where possible.Size is important with smart devices in a smart home. The smaller they are, the more appealing they are to consumers.
There is an assumption that smaller means better. We expect new tech to shrink compared to older counterparts. Then there is the simple fact that it saves on space.
Homeowners may want their home filled with gadgets and helpful tools, but they need to be discrete. A desk shouldn’t become cluttered with hubs and instruments. We shouldn’t be tripping over home robots because there is nowhere to store them.
Also, size is important in home hubs and cleaning devices. Both are common tools these days, with many brands and many generations of a single product. These generations show a clear decrease in size, as developers shrink down tech into a more convenient design.
Alexa can listen to commands from tiny speakers and other inconspicuous hubs. Robotic vacuum cleaners are slim enough to handle corners and under furniture. They do so with the same power and performance as users expect.
Nanotechnology Creates Better Processors For Smarter Home Robots
The development of nanotechnology means shrinking computer components, not just shrinking bodies. Tiny processors and chips allow for greater memory and functionality within the device. The robots become more capable and intelligent.
Then there are the improvements to the size and performance of the batteries. This allows the devices to express this intelligence and capability for longer.
Size is just the start when creating the perfect smart devices for modern homes. We call them smart devices for a reason – so intelligence is essential. New and improved models must be smarter and more interesting than their previous forms. This means providing new solutions to problems, relaying information or dealing with tasks in a more effective manner.
Home robots are great examples of increasingly smart devices with this problem-solving ability. A great example of this comes with those home robots aware of their surroundings.
Many robot devices, such as Roomba vacuum cleaners, robotic pool cleaners, and patrolling drones, have a sense of space. They can map out the room around them to plot routes and handle problems. The laser mapping and algorithms involved are now highly sophisticated. They can understand the layout of a whole floor, detect dirt and avoid obstacles.
Some even have the capacity to learn. This adjustability, or “adaptive personality” accounts for part of the appeal of toys like the BB-8 Sphero. As with the issue of size, consumers now expect this sort of impressive tech for the high-end bots on the market.
Greater connectivity in home robots and other smart devices
This then increases the capacity for other capabilities – such as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Connectivity is essential in any smart home. Many homeowners are reliant on the internet of things. This is the interconnected system of devices that make life easier.
A typical morning in a modern smart home could go as follows:
- The alarm rings and syncs up with the phone and other devices.
- The phone syncs up with emails and notifications while reminding the kettle to turn on for coffee.
- Alexa opens the blinds and puts the TV on for the morning news.
- Meanwhile, the smart thermostat has kicked in to heat the home.
It is all a big web of convenience. Yet, it isn’t particularly convenient without strong WiFi or Bluetooth connections. This means the home hub, major systems, and all devices must connect up and sync up.
So, consumers want their new smart devices to join the pack and comply – without any hassle. Wi-fi-enabled kitchen appliances, exercise machines, and cleaning tools are must-have items.
Those cleaning tools are a great example of this trend towards connectivity. This is an area where growth and development are plain to see over product development.
For instance, the Roomba iRobot vacuum used to be smart enough if it just handled some dirt with minimal human interaction. Now humans want no interaction whatsoever. Smart scheduling and remote controls increase this separation between owner and cleaner.
This all requires connectivity to WiFi, and to the devices sending the prompts. Then there are developers pushing the boundaries even further. The iRobot Roomba series is one of the most popular for robotic vacuum cleaners. Here researchers are working on a Beta system of Wi-Fi Coverage Mapping. The idea is that the Roomba 900 Series will detect WiFi signal strength, highlighting areas with poor connectivity.
Source: Smart Review
Nano-technology Creates New Applications and Functions In Existing Tech
When developers shrink down these computerized components, they also open up space to add other features. Cool functions and tools, once impossible to include, now have a place in the system. There is also the improved power and CPU to run with ease. There is a sense of competition to see how much one little device is capable of. This is true across the fields of development.
Functionality is crucial in the very best smart devices for the home. They have to be as effective as possible while offering value and high performance. This means a desire to see household gadgets do even more.
- What other tools could a cleaning bot use to improve its worth?
- Is there more scope for a better display, or other user-friendly tools, to integrate into the machine?
We can’t forget that there is competition for reputation and profit between brands. Their new creation has to outshine the nearest rival.
We see some of the best examples in floor cleaning robots. A robot that moves and sucks up dirt isn’t enough. Floor cleaning robots can combine mopping, sweeping and vacuuming for the full clean. This is a complex system with smart dirt detection to switch from one task to another. It requires all the right components, the lens for sight and mapping, and the electronics. Smaller components increase the potential for this multi-functionality.
Improvements In Durability And Performance
Then there is the potential for improved durability of a machine or component. One of the most helpful applications of nanotechnology is the change to build stronger, lighter materials. Graphene exhibits incredible strength in its carbon layers, but its light and thin. Complex, compact layers increase protection against damage and weather on major machines.
Like many other the benefits highlighted above, this factor is accessible on a smaller scale. The durability of a casing, or a brush, is important to consumers for a number of reasons. A tough build means less chance of scratches or cosmetic damage. This is important on screens and lens that must be pristine at all times. It also means less chance of breakages.
These smart devices are expensive tools that should last as long as possible. They can’t break in the hands of a curious toddler or snap under a misplaced foot while cleaning the floor.
Also, a more durable, tough brush means the chance of a better cleaning performance. Smart mapping and dirt detection will only get these smart cleaning robots so far. A good brush is essential in any vacuum, floor cleaning or window cleaning robot.
At the end of the day, they need to use that tech and power to scrub away the dirt or pull up hair and debris. The tougher the brush, the easier the job. Small particles and coatings add to the abrasive properties and lift the dirt from different surfaces. Stronger brushes pull at pet hair from thick carpets without breaking.
Innovations In Cleaner, Safer Tech, And Applying To Home Devices
Finally, there is the factor of the hygienic properties of those home robots. This is possible via nano-molecules on the coatings. There are already ways in which developers can bring medical tech into the home. There are many astonishing advancements in anti-fungal and anti-microbial particles in nano-layers. Simple particles of silver and other minerals can sanitize dressings and help with disease prevention. The first step in bringing this to the consumer is nano-coated band-aids for the home. From there, there are plenty of potential applications.
This is important in a smart home because many of these devices end up in the kitchen. They do so either permanently or through their daily cleaning cycle. This means that they need to be as clean and hygienic as possible.
Then there is the fact that many members of the household handle the same devices every day. Another important development for a cleaner approach to the home is nano-particles in cleaning fluids. A small-scale enhancement could help lift stains and dirt for a more efficient process. Then there is cleanliness through filtration. Robots could use a finer filter with nano-technology to capture the smallest microns of allergens and irritants.
Again, there are some potential examples of anti-microbial kitchenware and cleaning products. Smart kitchen devices, like scales and other cooking tools, may benefit from this coating. They could reduce the spread of bacterial or infections. Consider the dangers of raw meat on a chopping board or scale.
Then consider the potential of this safe coating as a barrier. As for those cleaning liquids, a small quantity of concentrated solution can enhance cleaning robots. Some of the best cleaners will spray these solutions, via an inbuilt reservoir. This should improve the performance.
Nano-technology has allowed for impressive adaptations in home robots and smart home. The best is yet to come.
There is undeniable potential with nanotechnology to improve devices in the not too distant future. There are already vast improvements to cleaning devices and smart robots.
We see this through the correlation between decreasing size and increasing intelligence. They are smarter and more capable than ever before while remaining accessible and user-friendly. A WiFi detecting vacuum, with precise mapping, is a long way from those early, easily-confused bots. Further developments in nano-particles, nano-coatings, and smaller processors will increase the potential further.
This all means the likelihood of an even smarter, safer, durable and practical home with better connectivity. These smarter home robots and devices are not single-minded gadgets anymore. They are part of a wider system of connected devices. There is no doubt that as nano-tech develops, so will the functionality and ease-of-use of the smart home.