Robots are supposed to make our lives easier. They are supposed to do all of the jobs we don’t want to do, like repetitive work in a hot factory, sweeping floors and other mundane tasks. And what is the one line that old comedies like to trot out when dealing with a beleaguered, overworked character? “I don’t do windows!” Well, finally, there is good news: there’s a bot for that!
It’s called the Winbot Series 7 robotic window cleaner, and it is made by Ecovacs. The product debuted as a prototype at CES (News - Alert) 2011 and should be completed by CES 2013, which is rapidly approaching. The robot is small, only 4.4 pounds, and uses suction to cling to the glass while it works. It is effective on interior or exterior glass and can even handle dual-pane thermal glass. Check it out in the video below:
The little guy is rechargeable and utilizes rechargeable pads that will wet and dry the glass and then squeegee it to wipe away the moisture and debris. Winbot uses a zigzag pattern to measure the glass and then cleans its entire surface, knowing when it has completed the task. It comes with a power cord, a remote control, and features a release trigger to turn off the suction when it is done.
Winbot will be available in the United States at some point in 2013, and will come in two different colors. Ecovacs has not revealed the retail price or which stores will carry it, but it will come bundled with cleaning pads and solutions. That, and the peace of mind to know that you will have the most gleaming windows on the block without ever leaving your easy chair…
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Edited by Rich Steeves