Famibot patrols your home and cleans your air

Minibot, left, is a pint-sized version of the watchdog and chat droid Famibot.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–People are getting very used to having robots like Roomba running around their floors. They’re very popular as animal and baby vehicles too.

Chinese vacuum-maker Ecovacs, though, wants more functionality in domestic bots. At CES 2013, it demonstrated its Famibot and Minibot, which can perform a host of handy functions while you’re busy being lazy.

Shown off at IFA 2012, Famibot is a service droid that can be controlled via your smartphone or any Wi-Fi connection.

Its primary function is to roam around your floors and purify the air. When it senses a particularly dirty zone, such as cigarette smoke, it will focus on that area.

Ecovacs staff put it through its paces, though interference from the Las Vegas Convention Center venue messed up wireless commands and it was slow to respond.

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