It sounds like science fiction, a robot that takes care of those inconvenient chores and keeps your home clean and tidy. But in recent years, a variety of house cleaning robots have emerged on the market for those requiring a little extra assistance around the home.
These robotic janitors can handle a diverse range of tedious tasks, allowing you to focus your attention on the more important things in life. Though not without their fair share of faults and glitches, modern cleaning machines have become far more efficient at cleaning than their predecessors, and have grown in popularity as a result.
Here are some of the most innovative and remarkable home-cleaning contraptions.
The machine that first began the robot home-cleaning craze, the Roomba is by far the most famous and popular modern automatic house cleaner in the world. Designed by iRobot, this device has sold over 6 million units since its introduction in 2002.
This small circular machine travels around the floor of a room gathering up dirt and dust as it moves. The device is guided by a set of sensors which allows it to navigate between the various obstacles in a room, including furniture, pets and people. Though it can sometimes find itself stuck, the Roomba is considered one of the most reliable machines on the market.
Some find gardening to be therapeutic, while others view it as more of an inconvenience. For those in the latter category, there’s the LawnBott. Similar to the Roomba, this robotic lawnmower travels around your yard, mowing the grass as it moves.
The device begins by moving in a random pattern around the area, while a sophisticated onboard computer and perimeter wire to detect where and where not to mow. The LawnBott can even detect the taller and shorter grass and adjust its mowing accordingly to avoid leaving uneven patches. At about $2,299 for a basic automatic model, it carries a hefty price tag, but those with larger or more troublesome lawns may consider it a worthwhile purchase.
Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot
iRobot, the masterminds behind the Roomba, released this machine to help homeowners cope with one of the most dangerous and tedious areas of the house to clean – the gutters.
Controlled by a wireless remote control, the Looj can clean up to 60 feet of gutter in under ten minutes. The machine is placed inside a gutter, where it dislodges and clears leaves and other debris as it propels itself along.
Pool Cleaning Robot
As any pool owner can attest, maintaining a clean swimming pool can be an arduous and painstaking task, and automatic systems can be extremely expensive. But with the help of a robot, cleaning your pool water can be done with a single flick of a switch.
These machines travel across the floor and up the walls of swimming pools, purifying the water and sucking up dirt and grime along the way. There is a range of devices on offer, from remote controlled to fully-automatic cleaners, and most require no instillation.