Ecovacs Robotics

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Ecovacs Robotics
Formerly
TEK Electrical Company
Private
Industry Consumer electronics
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Founder Qian Dongqi
Headquarters Suzhou, China
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
David Qian, President of the International Business Unit[1]
Products Domestic robots
Service robots
Website www.ecovacsrobotics.com

Ecovacs Robotics is a Chinese technology company.[2] It is best known for developing in-home robotic appliances.[3] The company was founded in 1998 by Qian Dongqi and is headquartered in Suzhou, China. According to Global Asia, Ecovacs Robotics had more than 60% of the Chinese market for robots by 2013.[4]

History[edit]

Ecovacs Robotics at CES 2012

In 1998, Qian Dongqi founded Ecovacs Robotics as an original equipment manufacturer for vacuum cleaners under the name TEK Electrical Company.[4] The company rebranded in late 2006 as an independent manufacturer of robotic devices for home cleaning.[5] By 2007, Ecovacs Robotics had introduced its floor cleaning Deebot series.[6] The product was featured and had a recurring role on Real World: Skeletons in 2015.[5]

From 2012-2014, Ecovacs Robotics expanded its operations with offices in the United States, Germany and Japan.[7] The company also introduced products for mobile entertainment and security, air purification and window cleaning.[8] Ecovacs Robotics collaborated and partnered with Marvel Entertainment for limited edition themed Deebots to coincide with the release of Captain America: Civil War.[9]

Products[edit]

It produces the DEEBOT, a floor cleaning robot, ATMOBOT, an air purifying robot, and WINBOT, a window cleaning robot.[10][11] Deebot is a floor cleaning vacuum, which uses smart motion technology that guides the robot which can vacuum and wet mop floors. The Deebot has anti-drop and anti-collision sensors to navigate around objects for cleaning.[12][13] Winbot is a window cleaning robot which debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.[14] It suctions onto a vertical glass surface and cleans using microfiber pads and a squeegee.[15][16] Ecovacs featured BENEBOT, a shopping assist robot, at the Consumer Electronics Show.[17] In August 2016, Ecovacs released the UNIBOT, a smart robot with floor cleaning, home monitoring and air-purifying features.[18]

Recognition[edit]

The company was recognized by the Consumer Electronics Show for its solar panel cleaning robot, receiving the 2015 CES Innovation Award.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Climent, Maria (21 October 2016). "Hacia la Inteligencia del Sistema: "El humano debe ayudar al robot a decidir"". El Mundo (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Hezi Jiang (February 3, 2016). "In Las Vegas: 'The Chinese have arrived'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Zhu Shenshen (May 22, 2016). "Service robots are the latest fad". Shanghai's First Financial Daily.
  4. ^ a b "La china Ecovacs lidera el mercado doméstico chino de robots" (in Spanish). Global Asia. 26 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "How an Ecovacs Robot Made an Appearance on MTV". Customer Technology Association. 22 June 2015.
  6. ^ "צפו: שאבנו אבק עם רובוטים - וחזרנו עם המלצות" (in Hebrew). גלובס. 10 October 2011.
  7. ^ Jiang, Hezi (28 June 2016). "ECOVACS to introduce new maid robots for US". China Daily USA.
  8. ^ "IT Branding: la fuerza comercial en España y Portugal de Ecovacs y Bissell". Ei Electro Imagen (in Spanish). 10 November 2016.
  9. ^ Kashiv, Pallvika (14 April 2016). "Marvel Edition Deebot Slim is a thin autonomous cleaning robot". HomeCrux.
  10. ^ Ralph Gardner Jr. (March 17, 2013). "The Joy of Clear Glass". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Kwanchai Rungfapaisarn (August 4, 2016). "Ecovacs Robotics aims to clean up in Thai market". National Multimedia.
  12. ^ Scott Kramer (October 13, 2016). "How to Effortlessly Clean Your Floors". Forbes.
  13. ^ Diya Sen (April 10, 2016). "Meet Ecovacs' DEEBOT D79, A Vacuum Robot That Empties Its Own Dustbin". Tech Times.
  14. ^ Hezi Jiang. "Home robot-maker still scans market". China Daily USA.
  15. ^ Carolyn Forte (June 8, 2013). "Clean Like The Jetsons!". Good Housekeeping.
  16. ^ Michael S. Lasky (March 19, 2013). "Review: Ecovacs Winbot 7". Wired.
  17. ^ Loren Grush (January 10, 2015). "CES 2015: Benebot is an ultra-cute robotic shopping assistant". Popular Science.
  18. ^ "Ecovacs Robotics: New cleaning robot". Vernetzte Welt. August 2, 2016.
  19. ^ Mike Kezdi (December 15, 2014). "Ecovacs Robotics' Solar Cleaner Earns CES Award". Solar Builder.
  20. ^ Jason Koebler (January 7, 2015). "Here's an Autonomous, Solar Panel-Cleaning Robot". Vice Media.

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