Dust ball vacuum cleaner concept

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Dust Ball vacuum cleaner robot

Most of the floor cleaning robots we cover here were designed for household use only. They cannot clean large public areas like airport waiting areas or large offices. To find a solution, Dave Hakkens, a designer from the Netherlands took a totally different approach. Why not make the vacuum cleaner a ball that can roll or be kicked around while sucking up dust from the ground. Rolling is initiated by weight redistribution inside the ball, while suction is put to the ground through the pores of the ball. When near walls or other obstacles, holes not on the ground double as air blowers to move dust out of unreachable areas. Recharging is provided by a holding ring and wireless energy transmission technology. Dave has experimented with different inlet shapes and ball sizes, but he had not shared the results with the public on his site. Looking at the pictures the ball is about 60-80 cm (25-30") in diameter, while the intake is not more than 8 cm (3.1"). Watch the video for some more details:

Since it is only a design experiment, we cannot expect the Dust Ball to appear on public areas in the near future, but I have to admit it is a nice and clean idea.

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