Innovative technology to help keep our homes clean

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Columbian technology designer Adrian Perez Zapata has invented a special hoover that will sprinkle tiny volant androids. It will still be needed to wash dishes and put stuff in order, while the army of mini robots will do the actual cleaning. The new invention, called MAB, recently won the Design Lab 2013.

The rounded case is a base for the army of cleaners. The shuttle ejects robots that float across the corners of a room to wipe out dirt and dust. MAB will require water and special cleaning liquids that have disinfectant qualities and freshen the air in the room after cleaning. Robots will scan the space for messes or clean a space pre-customized by an owner. Smart technology can automatically determine the cleaning time and choose the speed from the three options: fast, normal, and exhaustive. Owners will be also able to choose the language of the interface.

The MAB device would have 3 options of energy supply. The first way to charge the cleaner is using “Witricity” network, which is a wireless resonance energy transmission. Alternatively, customers will be able to plug it into a power supply. And finally, the device has solar batteries on its wings that can capture energy from the sun, provided there is plenty of natural light in the room.

Once the base has spit androids out, the metal creatures will spread their wings and voyage over the room. The scene might be very fascinating and eye-catching; however, it should be safer for the owner to escape the space while the androids are doing their job.

Robots collect the dirt as small hoovers and bring it back to the body, where it is discarded. The size of the flying cleaners allows them to reach almost any space, which makes the technology even more attractive. Moreover, the quality of the job done by little robots might be even higher than the quality of the work done by humans.

When the invention comes to live, happy owners make sure the cleaning continues, as there is an option for scheduling cleaning cycles. After the work is done, little robots will report on their cleaning, so that the owner can evaluate the performance. The cleaner will send notifications via email, sms or a special app. There is also a possibility of installing a camera in order to spy the tiny cleaning experts. Notably, as long as the body of the device works properly, the hoover is immune to breakdowns. If one of the fairy flyers gets out of order, it will be possible to replace the cleaner with a new one.

The technology of the model is something possible to create in the real world. It seems to be utopic, however scientists have already discovered the MAVs (Micro-aerial vehicle) technology, which is a key principle of the MAB. Developed by the laboratory of Harvard Microrobotics, it allows small robots to communicate with the body, which sets multiple cleaning tasks. The use of a solar panel on the wings will provide energy for a 15-minute flight. The system is programmed with 75 cleaning routes. MAVs are made of carbon fiber, which is an eco-friendly material.

The inventions is aimed at busy people, who are at work 24/7 without time for cleaning. Designers say the MAB will allow them to have leisure time. What changes can this invention bring to our lives?

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