LionsBot International, a Singapore-based company, has announced the launch of the local production of 300 autonomous cleaning robots at Gardens by the Bay.

Cleaning robots that can sing and rap while cleaning the city-state is soon to be deployed as part of a special agreement between LionsBot and six cleaning partners. The cleaning robots will be in operation by March 2020, the company said in a statement.

With this project, LionsBot claimed that it will be the world’s first company to offer cleaning robots on a subscription model. Companies looking to utilise cleaning robots will not need to invest in ownership and maintenance.

So far, the company has developed 13 different models of cleaning robots that are able to scrub, mop, vacuum, sweep, shine, and transport cleaning equipment for both indoors and outdoors usage.

One of its robot series is the LeoBots Family, with a width size of 63cm and the ability to navigate through doorways and tight corridor spaces. With a full turning radius of 1.2 metres, the LeoBot can make 180 degree turns which enable it to produce a cleaning path for more consistent cleaning results.

LionsBot is led by the husband-and-wife duo of Dylan Ng and Michelle Seow.

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“When it comes to robotics, cleaning is a complicated undertaking which involves finding the right balance between pressure, mechanical, and chemical action on different surfaces. This led us to dream about building our own cleaning robot workforce,” said Dylan Ng, Co-founder, LionsBot.

The team was then joined by Mohan Rajesh Elara, Assistant Professor with the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology & Design. Professor Mohan’s research in robotics contributes to the development of autonomous cleaning robots.

LionsBot technology includes the following features:

  • High-speed and contextual mapping to capture a premise’s cleaning requirements
  • Uses up to 70 per cent less water as compared to existing cleaning solutions
  • Well-integrated precision sensors to avoid objects and detect human
  • Safety bumpers that cause the robots to come to a stop if it ever comes into contact with an object
  • Cleaning robots can work together as a team. Multiple cleaning robots are able to coordinate and clean a given area simultaneously, without the need for human programming.

For example, if VacPod and ScrubPod are deployed, they are able to take turns cleaning a space without the need for a human cleaner to push buttons to activate them.

Cleaning robots may take different cleaning routes each day as they are constantly learning and calculating the most efficient way to clean a given space.

By scanning a QR code on the robot, the public is able to interact with the robots by asking questions such as “what is your name?” or “what type of cleaning do you perform?”.

Moreover, LionsBot aims to contribute to the upskilling of the cleaning industry. The company has established LionsBot Training Academy which equips cleaners with a six-hour training programme on the use of the robots.

LionsBot has also developed a mobile application that rewards cleaners based on how well they operate and maintain the robots.

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The company is manufacturing its robots in Singapore with a team of over 30 engineers. The team targets to produce four robots each day.

As of now, cleaning companies and building owners can rent any of LionsBot cleaning robots at monthly fees ranging from US$1,350 to US$2,150.