March 24 2008 / by Accel Rose
Category: Technology Year: 2008 Rating: 7
Ever since I bought an iRobot vacuum Roomba (it works very well in most rooms), I’d been wondering when someone would build one that works outside buildings as a window washer. Therefore I was psyched to discover not one, but two such prototypes during my latest foray through the wonderful world of YouTube.
The first one is the cooler looking of the two and has been in testing for a few months. It’s an experimental model created at the University of Nebraska and actually sticks itself to the glass. See for yourself (but turn down the volume a little as the sound of the motor is a bit annoying):
The second robot is a more serious industrial machine that appears to be much closer to hitting the commercial market.
It’s by a Japanese company called Urakami that specializes in industrial cleaning robots and can handle much bigger jobs than its littler cousin.
Urakami also has constructed this amazing paint roller robot that I could not embed here.