This Roomba Screams and Curses When It Bumps Into Things

YouTuber Michael Reeves thinks that Roombas are far too calm and collected when they bump into objects. They really should be more upset. I mean it hurts when I walk into walls. Not that that happens very often. It would be nice if Roombas reacted more like I do when I stub my toe on a chair. Well, now they do. And it is pretty hilarious.

The video of the swearing Roomba has a lot of profanity, and is quite loud. If you have kids nearby, cover their virears. The days of Roombas suffering in silence is over. Now when it bumps into stuff you know it. This loud cleaning bot screams and swears when it hits walls and furniture. You can feel it’s pain. But it’s still funny.

Sure, it’s rude and crude. This little guy is pissed and in pain. I love the voice and intensity. Let’s face it, it’s about time that our robots had a voice to announce their displeasure at their lot in life. Reeves says he is humanizing the robot and it’s true. This sounds just like my dad whenever he would work on the car in the driveway.

[via Mashable via Mike Shouts]

What does Infocuum Vacuum cleaner have that Dyson doesn’t

Got you thinking, didn’t I? The answer is simple – eyes! No more shoving the crumbs under the carpet, because the Infocuum Vacuum has a camera mounted on the cleaning nozzle and a display near the controls, allowing you to see the garbage piled up under the sofa, carpets and other hard-to-see places. The wide-angle video camera is attached to the head and beams up the video in realtime, allowing you a clear view of that kind of trash that’s been accumulating, thus helping you to clean better.

For people like me, I guess it will make me self-aware, and pick up the popcorn when it spills on the floor and hides behind the sofa and not wait for vacuuming day!

Designers: Subin Song, Donghwan Song, Hyunji Kang & Yoongyeong Ha

A More Efficient Approach to Cleaning

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

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MIT Soft Robotic Gripper Is Part Balloon Part Vacuum Cleaner

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.

[via VentureBeat]

A Fresh Take on The Vacuum Cleaner

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!

Designer: Ja Heon Lee

Is This a Vacuum Cleaner or a Piece of Art?

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!

Designer: Christoph Andrejcic

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One Very Handsome Vacuum

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.

Designer: Moon Jae Hwa of MO-ON

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