Robot puppies to vacuum your floors?

Vacuuming your floor is a quite annoying task for most of the people, so you are happy if you can source it out somehow … What if your hoover what do it’s work on its own while you are at your workplace? Why not let a robot do the vacuuming? There are already some robotic solutions for that, such as the Roomba. This autonomous ufo-shaped vacuum cleaner can probably do a quite nice job. However, besides all positive experiences they have with it, people in our study also share with us the difficulties Roomba faces in their home. One of the reported aspects is that Roomba with a diameter of 34 cm does not fit in all the tiny niches you might have in your apartment and thus cannot do its work there. That’s a pitty.
cleaning-dog-squadSo, why not turning your robotic vacuum cleaner from one big ufo into four small puppies? I recently came across a robotic application created by ‘Yanko design’ which is called “The Cleaning Dog Squad“. When I first saw them, I thought this is what happens when you cross AIBO with Roomba but honestly, I thought it was a great idea. And with the shape of little puppies it might help people maintaining the product (‘caring’ for it). One could give them names or personalize each of the little hoover puppies (e.g. in a different color) and by the end of the day it would be nice if one could check which of your puppies collected the biggest amount of dust and where he found it :). Whatever, I would love to try out the Cleaning Dog Squad and see how they work! What about you?


About juliafink

PhD candidate at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
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