Electrolux design competition entry would use microdrones to clean your house

Don't ask me how these might work, but it's fun to think about at least. From Mashable:

If you've ever wished your house would automatically clean itself, so you could get a little free time — you're not alone. An industrial-design student in Colombia has conceptualized an automated cleaning system in which flying robots would do all the dirty work.

Designer Adrian Perez Zapata came up with "Mab," which harnesses hundreds of mini-robots equipped with a cleaning solution to tidy up homes. Zapata, 23, is among 20 semifinalists in the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition. This year's theme is "inspired urban living," so undergraduate- and graduate-student participants can submit design solutions in the categories of social cooking, natural air and effortless cleaning.

The Mab concept requires users to load water and a chemical substance into the system's spherical core. The cleaning liquid is then distributed to 908 mini-robots, which are each equipped with propellers for flying. After that, the mini-robots are dispatched, scanning the home and cleaning surfaces with droplets of fluid. Dirt is captured and carried back to the core. The little bots would be powered by the solar energy collected via their wings.

Electrolux Design's Thomas Johansson called Mab a "bold solution, which mimics the collection of honey bees."

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 27, 2013 at 12:07am

Fairy dust Chris 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on August 27, 2013 at 6:38am

Cool, so Electrolux appears to have invented Anti-Gravity drives?  Awesome, cause I'm still waiting for my flying car.

Comment by John Church on August 27, 2013 at 6:56am
Sweet. No more props to balance.
Comment by The Sun on August 27, 2013 at 8:25am

The hell are those things?

Comment by HeliStorm on August 27, 2013 at 8:35am
Electrostatic discharge propulsion. This also draws dust to the engines at the same time, helping clean.
Comment by HeliStorm on August 27, 2013 at 8:41am
As the bard R. Kelly once crooned, "if I can dream it, then I can do it. If I just believe it, there's nothing to it. I believe I can fly!" Same concept here really.
Comment by HeliStorm on August 27, 2013 at 8:43am
Or, Infinite Improbability Drive.
Comment by Oliver on August 27, 2013 at 10:37am

Just don't fire up your Dyson while these little guys are swarming! Actually the concept is kind of cool and the kid in Columbia put a lot of work into it (see the site). But of course it was proven by the US Congress in the mid-1800s, that there is nothing left to invent, so this is just fantasy.

Comment by HeliStorm on August 27, 2013 at 10:51am
Yes Oliver, nothing new has been invented since that proclamation. We have been living in a fantasy world for 150 plus years now. All smoke and mirrors!
Comment by Oliver on August 27, 2013 at 11:51am

Yes, yes, Helistorm, it's just amazing how the mind can play tricks. Why just yesterday, as I was riding my brontosaurus down the street (some neighbors keep calling it a "Suburban," whatever that is), I saw someone trying to train a chicken with four hummingbirds attached to it to fly while grasping a potato! They kept yelling and cursing, something about "brushless" and "pid  and "gopro" and "gimbal" and other nonsense words! Quite the delusion, poor fellow!


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