The annual Electrolux Design Contest is always full of amazing innovations. This year, the winner features tiny flying robots that clean your house for you. For many of us, that is even better than jet packs and flying cars.
Adrian Perez Zapata, a student at Universidad San Buenaventura Medellín and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia, envisions a set of 908 bots assessing the home and then cleaning what seems dirty. Perez Zapata was inspired by watching bees pollinating a flower in his university gardens.
Swarm of MAB Flying, Cleaning Robots with their Spherical Mother Ship
The concept, called Mab, requires a short initial configuration to work independently. Users can schedule cleanings or request custom cleaning of particular areas in the home. Mab also recommends a weekly cleaning cycle based on the bots’ scan of the environment. The system can connect to home networks including computers and cell phones to report their progress or any problems.
The microbot bugs swarm out of their spherical mother ship, deposit tiny amounts of water and cleaning solution onto dirty surfaces, then suck up the dirty water. The swarm returns to the core and unloads their dirty water before venturing on to the next cleaning project. Solar powered tiny spinning propellers move the robots through the air.
Solar Powered Flying Housecleaning Robots
Images courtesy Electrolux Design Lab
Today on Discovery News. From the article “The idea of malevolent robots subjugating and killing off humans has been the staple of numerous science fiction books and movies. The half-torn off android face of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator film series, and the unblinking fisheye lens of the HAL 9000 computer in the film classic 2001 A Space Odyssey have become iconic of this fear of evil machines.”
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HAL 9000, from the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey
11/29/2012: I’ll admit to an unhealthy obsession with space travel, colonization and exploration. Coupled with an utter lack of skill in the Sciences, this means I am Earthbound but always interested in new space news. I am also blessed to have a friend from school, Nagin Ahmed Cox, who is a scientist on the Mars Curiousity project with JPL. She occasionally posts on Facebook about getting her turn to drive Curiousity, etc. She was visible throughout the broadcast of the Curiousity landing, and she travels the country and the world teaching about space science, the various Mars missions she has worked on, and building enthusiasm for the programs. I am jealous of her in the best of ways – I celebrate her success, as I do for the entire Curiousity team, and wish desperately I had made different choices many years ago. However, I still want it known that when middle aged pudgy women are needed for space travel and colonization, I will gladly volunteer at whatever capacity I am needed. Space janitor (sorry, maintenance engineer), Mars Colony Starbucks dishwasher, whatever.
Today, MSNBC published an articlewith updates on the Curiousity mission, including an awesome photo or two.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to snap a set of 55 high-resolution images on Oct. 31. Researchers stitched the pictures together to create this full-color self-portrait.