The cleaning bots can also speak 4 languages, make jokes, sing and rap. 300 Robots are being rolled out across hi-tech Singapore, to help clean the city-state’s hotels, shopping malls and government buildings, by March 2020. 4 of them are already at the job.

At the launch and live demonstration of its rent-a-bot service at the Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday (17 July), LionsBot signed an agreement with four of six existing cleaning partners: Anergy Building Services, Spotless Clean, Sun City Maintenance and Tranquest Supplies & Co.

The robots are co-developed and co-founded by husband-and-wife team, Dylan Ng and Michelle Seow, and Mohan Rajesh Elara, Singapore University of Technology & Design’s assistant professor with the engineering product development pillar.

According to Dylan Ng, CEO of LionsBot, “I’m the coolest thing in town, I’ll make your world light up, hey you’re never gonna frown.”

These robots can coordinate and clean a given area simultaneously in a group, without the need for human programming.
Prospective and current partners can rent the company’s range of made-in-Singapore cleaning robots at $1,350 to $2,150 per month.

LionsBot said it is the world’s first company to offer such robots on a subscription basis, which frees partners from investing in ownership and maintenance of such devices.

Currently, two of its robots have been deployed at National Gallery Singapore and Jewel Changi Airport in April. Besides local demand, LionsBot has also received orders from companies based in Australia and Japan, said a company spokesperson.

LionsBot’s partners can eventually choose from 13 different models of robots that are programmed to scrub, mop, vacuum and sweep across different terrains as well as transport up to 450kg of cleaning equipment.

A spokesperson said that $5 million, including government grants, has been invested in the production of the cleaning robots.

The company currently has a team of 35 engineers who produce these robots in Singapore, from developing a cloud platform for live mapping data to 3D prototyping.

To provide training for cleaners on how to use the robots, the company has set up the LionsBot Training Academy to oversee a six-hour training programme, along with a mobile app that rewards cleaners based on how well they operate and maintain the robots.

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