Strange Japanese Cleaning Bot: Eerily Cleaning Your Pad

Strange Japanese Cleaning Bot: Eerily Cleaning Your Pad

Range Govindan
May 8, 2009

Is your pad kind of filthy? Do you hate cleaning? Well then maybe you should get a cleaning robot. These kinds of devices aren't new, but they are popping up all over the place. The latest we've seen is a Japanese model covered in some strange cloth. It looks eerie, but it apparently does its job pretty well. Is this something that you'd consider for your home? Find out after the jump!

This strange looking cleaning bot was unveiled at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware Expo in Milan. It's called the Fukitorimushi and it's covered in a nanofiber polyester fabric which absorbs oil and picks up small particles of dust. It kind of shimmies around like an earthworm, and navigates around and back to its charging station when it's out of juice. Those loony Japanese designers think that users will bond with this thing like it's a pet. One thing is for sure, they look a lot different than those Roomba vacuum robots.

Check out the strange video of it doing its business. I hate cleaning and something like this would probably work well in my pad. I wonder how my dog would "bond" with it. He would probably destroy it, even though he's a smaller dog. I can't see any pets getting along with these cleaning 'bots. Still, if you haven't got any pets, these would work well to lighten up part of the cleaning load. [via Engadget, images via TokyoFiber]

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