Recycling is often too bothersome of a task for the average person. Enter Dustbot, an adorable Segway-powered robot that travels from home to home hauling out people's garbage on request. When notified by mobile phone, Dustbot uses GPS and motion sensors to locate the caller's address. Upon Dustbot's arrival, the caller selects the type of garbage he wants to give the robot. Dustbot then carries the trash or recycling to the appropriate location.
Researchers at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna CRIM Lab in Pisa, Italy, developed Dustbot as a solution to the inconvenience of garbage trucks that arrive only at fixed times and places. Dustbot not only runs at all hours, whenever your garbage is ready to be picked up, but it can navigate the narrow alleyways prevalent in urban environments. Click on the video below to see the Dustbot and its cohorts-in-cleaning, DustCart and DustClean, in action.
The friendly-looking Dustbot carries 70 pounds of garbage, travels at two miles an hour, and comes equipped with a battery that enables 10 miles of autonomous travel. While the thought of robots roaming around cities may be disconcerting for some, the convenience of on-call recycling could be a dealmaker for people who are tired of seeing their sidewalks littered with unsightly trash bags.
The only thing that would make Dustbot more perfect, once it goes commercial, is if it would also deliver our dry cleaning.
just think kids can hit these things instead of mail boxes!
I have more garbage than this thing can carry. I would like for this thing to bring me takeout food though.
I'm sure if I were a kid I'd whack one or 2 of these for fun. Pellet gun practice at its finest!
@ beesnuts and RunAmuck
See! This is why we can't have nice things!
Haha, vandalism was my first reaction too. Maybe I just don't like seeing a robot taking somebody's job, or it's an easy target. Combine this idea with DARPAs robot www.popsci.com/military-aviation-space/article/2008-03/darpas-amazing-robot-pack-mule-keeps-its-balance-ice and a taser, golden.
Maybe in crowded urban environments, there might be some use for something like this.
But, if they just put a 3rd wheel on, and got rid of all of that $pendy Segway stuff,it could be a lot better.
- Wouldn't wobble all over the place
- Might be able to actually handle a reasonable amount of trash
But, I'm not at all sure that daily pickups are all that practical.
Google should get in on this, imagine all the information they could find out about us by going through our trash.
What ever happened to the old reliable dumptruck? Just connect it to the electrical grid like a trolley car and off you go!