Fussy robots head for smackdown

Feather-dusting challenger emerges in South Korea

Call it the war of the OCD bots. Only a day after an automated cleaning monster was feted in Japan, a competing robot has emerged from South Korea.

Akihabara News reports that "ROMI," which was developed by ETRI, responds to voice commands and can wirelessly transmit videos to your computer or phone, presumably so you can inspect their dusting techniques first-hand. No pricing has been announced, but we hope it's at least more affordable than its $170,000 counterpart. With that kind of money, we could assemble an entire army of Roombas.

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