Whilst not something you’ll find us using when it comes to cleaning offices in London, little robots like the Roomba hav started to invade living rooms and kitchens across the globe.
And according to several manufacturers at CES ’13, there could soon be robots helping out in more ways than just vacuuming by the end of the year.
For those who don’t follow it, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, and is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically held at the very start of a new year, CES gives gadget-lovers a chance to see the electronics that will be changing their lives in the coming year.
This year, we’re taking a look at the two cleaning robots that stole the show.
If there’s one cleaning job many can’t stand – it’s cleaning the gutters. If you don’t want horrible damp, overspill down your walls or moisture seeping into your roof, you’re going to have to get the ladders out and get arm-deep in gunk at least once a year.
But the iRobot Looj could be set to alleviate the most unpleasant part of that chore. Whilst it does need to be placed into the gutter by human hands (don’t get rid of the ladders just yet) the Looj is capable of being submerged in up to 8 inches of water, and will scoot through the gutter displacing debris.
Capable of changing its angle of attack and other cleaning factors by sensing the severity/density of the debris, the Looj can scurry up to 200ft off a single charge. We want one already.
Ecovacs Winbot 7
Whilst the name is more reminiscent of a Microsoft operating system, the Winbot 7 from Ecovacs is most definitely geared to towards the more traditional type of Windows.
Whilst we’ve seen window-cleaning robots before, most have been two-part systems that rely on magnets to ‘sandwich’ the glass to stay vertical – limiting how thick the glass can be before it simply falls off.
The Winbot 7 uses two concentric suction rings to cling to glass of any thickness to provide awesome robo-window cleaning on any type of glass.
With the windows, carpets and gutters now being taken care of by robots, we’re counting down our days as London office cleaners until the robot-revolution! Just kidding!
What robo-cleaning device do you want to see?