Would You Like Your Home Cleaned By 908 Flying Mini-Robots?
Right now, only the concept exists, but the product might one day be coming to a home near you!
The 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition at the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden was won by Adrian Perez Zapata from Colombia, and the concept was a flying mini-robot cleaning system called "Mab".
Mab is an automated cleaning system consisting of 908 flying mini-robots.
"The thought behind Mab is to restore a sense of wonder in the everyday life, and to recapture the magic in simple processes, providing human shelters an autonomous purification".
What Does Mab Do?
Mab scans a home and determines what needs to be cleaned and then dispatches water+ dispensing robots.
The following summarizes the 7-step cleaning process:
1. Mixing the water and a substance that gives greater surface tension.
2. The mixture is then distributed to the robots
3. The propeller driven robots fly with the load.
4. The robots clean by touching the surface with a droplet of fluid
5. The droplet captures the dirt and the robot carries it back to the core
6. The core filters the dirt out
7. The core recovers the highest possible percentage of water to restart the cycle.
How Was The Concept Conceived?
Adrian Perez Zapata Explains
"I was in my university’s gardens when I observed the controlled flight of bees pollinating a flower, and how magical it is to see swarms of bees working together"
"My concept Mab, only requires a short initial configuration to function autonomously, so you could arrive home and see a swarm of mini-robots roaming around cleaning independently. This means you could sit back and relax, as you observe with great astonishment the little Mab ‘fairies’ working their magic autonomously".
Is Mab Eco-Friendly?
The idea is that the robots will capture solar energy in their wings.
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