This bright yellow cube-on-wheels was built by Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries) and Sumitomo. Given the name Tondon after the Balinese snake god, this robot cleans the floors of a 14-story apartment complex in Tokyo, Japan... unsupervised! It can even use the building's elevators. Roomba's big brother?
Implications - Designers are making the most of recent technological advancements in robotics by creating autonomous robots that can do tedious but basic chores. This design by Subaru, for example, is a robotic janitor that vacuums high-rise apartments, eliminating the need for human housekeepers. While these futuristic helper bots eliminate human jobs, they also cut a company's personnel costs and showcase its technological prowess.
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Wax On, Wax Off With Tondon
- By: Alex CovertAug 4, 2007 Updated: Mar 31 2011