Whilst nifty robotic vacuum cleaners make a tedious and laborious task far more convenient, they are simply not as efficient as the real-deal; their inability to maneuver around complex obstacles or ascend and descend stairs leads them to require a human to return to the areas that it missed, with a more conventional vacuum. This observation led to the creation of Lizard, which aims to offer a smarter and easier cleaning experience!
The bottom section of Lizard operates as a smart robotic vacuum; the intuitive display makes controlling the compact device, a breeze. Once the cleaning is complete, Lizard will return to its home that features wireless charging. To tackle the hard-to-reach and problem areas, Lizard’s ‘tail’ can be attached. By attaching this component, the unit operates as a conventional vacuum. An ergonomically designed handle that’s paired with a display that highlights the missed areas allows the task to be carried out quickly and efficiently!
Designers: Yungi Min, Jinsu Shim, SangHyeon Na & Ikhyeon Kim
Wireless power charging.
The display shows areas that have not been cleaned.
One day, robots will replace humans at places like Amazon where objects need to be taken from one bin and packaged in boxes for shipment. Before that can happen, we need robot arms with grippers that can handle odd objects of all sizes. Engineers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have come up with one such idea.
The “Magic Ball” soft gripper uses an origami-inspired 3D printed silicon rubber skeleton inside that is very flexible. Over the top of that, the team used a balloon in some instances to create an airtight system that can contract under vacuum pressure. When the suction is applied, the gripper closes and has enough strength to lift 100 times its own weight.
The gripper is also said to be inexpensive to make. It can lift items that are 70% of its diameter and handles fragile objects with care. I wonder if they could build a version that can grip and lift larger and heavier objects.
With considerable assistance from the incredible engineers and innovators at the likes of Dyson and Vax, the domestic vacuum cleaner has seen a dramatic transformation within the past couple of decades, with power levels and capabilities increasing whilst the size and weight is reduced. However, designer Ja Heon Lee felt like there was room for improvement when it came to the ergonomics and user comfort… and thus, LVC was born!
As its name would suggest, LVC, or the Lofstrand Vacuum Cleaner has been inspired by the structure of the famous Lofstrand Crutch, which was designed to take the strain of the user’s weight off their wrists. This has led to the vacuum cleaner to carry a distinctive form and be operated into a different manner; the body of the vacuum sits above the user’s form arm, therefore taking the strain off their wrist and reducing their chances of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
The humble vacuum cleaner now has a commonplace within our homes, as it is seen as a necessity as opposed to a luxury. However, this doesn’t stop it from carrying a rather unimaginative and uninspiring form. Until now that is, the Drip handheld vacuum cleaner puts aesthetics first.
Drip flaunts a sculptural form that oozes sophistication, from the bold, powerful stance that the form creates, through to the distinctive finish that elegantly conceals the electronic nature of the product, making it more or a piece of art than a domestic appliance.
The absence of a handle not only allows for a clean, sleek design, but also alters how the product is used, adding to its uniqueness and bringing a sense of intrigue. This is certainly a device that you will want to leave out, as opposed to shoving into the draw!
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Not that you would, but you COULD leave out MO-ON’s OBICUUM vacuum and it wouldn’t be the terrible eyesore that is most models on the market. Minimalistic and rendered in a myriad of attractive color combinations, the design leans more sculpture than an appliance. However, you won’t sacrifice functionality as it doubles as a mini-vacuum for cleaning up in tight corners. Better yet, it includes a convenient charging stand with a magnetic attachment feature that makes storage quick and simple.
Are you a DOOM fan? Of course, you are. Do you own a Roomba? Of course, you do. Now you can combine two of your favorite things into one new cool thing. DOOMBA is a script written by programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse for his 3D model and animation conversion program Noesis that allows you to create playable Doom maps from the data collected by your Roomba. How cool is that?
Now your little robot vacuum cleaner is helping you in a whole new way. Now we just need to be able to put our Roomba in the actual map that it generates so that it can play a fun game of DOOM while we watch.
I’m eagerly awaiting that Black Mirror episode. Mostly because I can’t wait to see a gun-toting Roomba going crazy on some demons. Actually, I’d like to see that turned into a product. A robot that cleans my floor and secures my home? Hell yeah! Now that’s a DOOMBA. It would be the best security guard ever.
You can read more about the process and download the program from Rich’s website HERE if you’re interested in trying DOOMBA out for yourself.
Game developer Rich Whitehouse has found a rather unusual way to celebrate Doom's 25th anniversary: make your robot vacuum pay tribute. The industry veteran has developed a script for the game data conversion tool Noesis that translates the floor map...