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Toyota Research Institute experiments with robots that hang from the ceiling and unfold to clean the kitchen

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Researchers are using fleet learning and simulations to train robots to navigate one of the most complex environments: A home.

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Visiting  private homes in Japan inspired researchers to build a new domestic robot that moves around on the ceiling instead of the floor.

Image: Toyota Research Institute

Working in a factory is easy for robots with the structured environment and repetitive tasks that come with that job. Helping with housework is a much bigger challenge. Scientists at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) are taking on that challenge by building new domestic robots and training them in a mock home.

Gill Pratt, the CEO of TRI and Kelly Kay, the Institute’s executive vice president and chief finance officer, gave a virtual tour of the TRI labs on Thursday. Max Bajracharya, the vice president of robotics and Steffi Paepcke, the senior user experience leader, explained the research and development process for building

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Bathroom Exhaust Fans – Home Ventilating Institute

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Excess moisture has tremendous potential for damaging bathrooms. During a bath or shower, humidity levels rise significantly creating the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and microorganisms that can negatively impact health. In addition, long-term exposure to excess moisture and humidity can crack and peel paint and wallpaper, ruin wallboard, warp doors and rust cabinets and fixtures. Without control, it can even cause deterioration of joists and framing above the bathroom.


Most of today’s new homes are highly insulated and practically air tight, saving energy but making proper mechanical ventilation essential to maintaining good indoor air quality. Good ventilation protects both your health and your home and is especially important in bathrooms which experience high levels of moisture and humidity.


What is a bathroom exhaust fan? What does it do?

A bathroom exhaust fan is a mechanical ventilation device which, when ducted to the

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Interior Design | Fashion Institute of Technology

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Create spaces people love to live, work, and play in

Interior design is more than just arranging furniture. It has evolved into a multifaceted
profession dealing with complete environments that not only please, but enhance the
health and safety of the user. Like other interior design programs, we encourage creative
vision and develop your design skills—but creativity alone wont make you a successful
working interior designer. At FIT, we emphasize the practical skills you need to get
your project done. By the time you graduate, you will be able to envision great spacesand know how to build them, too.

FIT’s Interior Design program has been preparing students for success for more than
50 years. This rigorous, multidisciplinary program combines the academic study of
the history and theory of interior design with practical, hands-on projects. You’ll
collaborate with leading practitioners in New York City, the design capital of the

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