The 2010 Gadget Giftening Part 2 – Tidy Robot Cleans Up When It Comes To Fun
Sure, you’ve heard of the Roomba, but here comes the Room Tidying Pickup Robot – a controller-driven or autonomous way to pick up objects cluttering your home. That little vacuum’s got nothin’ on this guy.
You’ve told your kids for the last time to pick up their toys, or to move their laundry off of the floor and into the hamper, but they gleefully ignored you. Sure, you could reach all the way down to the floor to get those objects, or you could use the glories of modern robotics to convince your children that picking up after themselves can actually be enjoyable.
That is, if you decide to let them use it.
Enter the six-wheeled robot-ness of the Room Tidying Pickup Robot, a cute little fellow with articulated arms and hands that can rove around your home, picking up those little objects that should never have been in there in the first place but always seem to pile up.
The Tidying Robot can be operated in two ways – via a remote control or autonomously, using four infrared sensors to detect objects around it. Once the robot has located what it wants to pick up, the arms spring into grasping action and latch onto the object. Its torso then pivots 180 degrees to deposit its cargo into the bay at its back, and off it goes to the next mess.
In addition to shouting out when it encounters objects that are too large or fixed in the environment by saying things like “too heavy for me”, the Room Tidying Pickup Robot can also let its inner smack out when it is put into object dislodging “whack” mode. According to a truly fantastic description on the Hammacher Schlemmer Web site, the robot can “issue beefy, two-handed slaps to objects”. The word “beefy” here is really what takes this entire robot enterprise to a new level, along with the ability of the 'bot to dump out objects by vibrating its torso once its drop-off destination has been reached.
The robot runs on 6 AA batteries and 3 AAAs and let’s be honest here – its not going to be used to “clean” so much as it is going to “play”, but the idea is interesting in principle. You can find it at the Hammacher Schlemmer Web site for $69.95 if hilarious cleaning robots with object-slapping action are your cup of tea.
Really, how could they not be? Buy the robot here.
Source: Hammacher Schlemmer