Already have a robotic vacuum, a robot lawn mower, a robotic pool cleaner? how about a robotic window cleaner? Ecovacs Robotics has a new window cleaning robo-assistant called Winbot 7 on display now on the CES trade show in Las Vegas, which can cut another one of those pesky household chores.
During CES 2013 Ecovacs Robotics displayed a new type of robotic assistant. Externally it doesn’t look very different than many existing vacuum robots (perhaps slightly smaller) but on a closer look you can easily see that this is a new type of machine. The Winbot 7 is actually a new and improved version of an older model developed by Ecovacs which required a magnetic unit on the other side of the window to help keep it in place. As an alternative, the Winbot 7 is based on 2 suction rings powered by a powerful motor which keeps the robot clinging to the window. –
Using the Winbot 7 is supposed to be a simple process. Put it on the window and connect its long cord to the socket, the second the robot creates a strong seal, it will let you know by flashing a color LED. Next, the Winbot 7 will move around the window and try to calculate its size and then it will start and move more efficiently to clean the entire window using a special pad soaked in a cleaning solution. –
Although the Winbot 7 uses a cable for power as well as for security proposes it also has a three hour backup battery which kick into action if the power is down from some reason. The 4.5 pound Winbot 7 can clean all sorts of flat surfaces including all type of windows and mirrors. –
The Winbot 7 should be available for purchase around April 2013 for about 400-500 dollars.
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.