Roombas are cute and everything, but when they annoy you, they don't respond well to being kicked in the side. Not so with Dust Ball, a new robotic vacuum cleaner concept designed by a Dutch engineer. Inspired by a hamster ball and resembling a pollen grain, Dust Ball can be pushed or kicked in any direction to clean.
Watch it roll in this video. It moves by shifting its internal weight; an internal ball bearing moves on two axes and can move Dust Ball in any direction. It rolls around sucking up debris, and when its dustbin is full, it starts to glow and rolls to its docking station.
Creator Dave Hakkens says he wanted Dust Ball to be tough and industrial-strength, but also friendly-looking.
While Roomba and a host of other robotic vacuums are mostly intended for households, Hakkens says Dust Ball's tough and simple construction could be used in large spaces with impediments like cables, door thresholds and walls, like airports, for instance.
And if it rolls in front of your feet, just kick it out of the way.
I want one!
i wonder how would it get back to its station would it map out where it has gone or have a connection to its docking station
I soooo want one!!!!
Problem is the space between nearly any vertical object and where the vacuum intersects the floor(e.g., equal to about 1/4 of the arc around the sphere). This area will be continually missed, resulting in the need for a new robot that just does corners.
well it looks like it depends on vacuum effects, so if its against the wall it wuld just suck it up closer, than closer, and bam sucks into the thing. if its suction is powerful at all. And it doesnt scrub at all.
where can i get this?
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The design seems more artistic than functional. In fact so does the creator's other work. That should be included in the reporting. It's just a concept!
It doesn't look like the shape is meant to be distorted by that kind of effect (I assume you mean that when the unit gets close to a wall it'll change it's shape due to the vacuum). Also, if it did this it would probably interfere with the ability to roll. Distending the surface would also presume that the vacuum mechanism would be able to change shape itself (i.e., each of the conical tubes that make up the structure would need the ability to extend itself and not lose suction). Overall I find this highly unlikely. In addition, my 11 amp vacuum won't pick up debris in a corner without using the attachment and it's got to be an inch or so away in order to work. My guess is that this is nowhere near as powerful as an 11 amp vacuum.
Yeah its pretty damn nifty but how much does it cost?
An issue I see is that it lacks contact Surface Area to the floor. It needs to be able to turn into a wheel to increase contact surface area. Shape-changing will also fix the wall corner problem.
It will kill you in your sleep.
Don't you mean the dust bunnies?
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