Scientists Developing Robot That Picks Up Clothing Off Floor
Houses with kids (and messy adults) could become much cleaner. According to the Daily Mail, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a robot that will pick up clothing strewn about the house. They’ve nicknamed it the “Teenager’s Problem.” Why not “Parent’s Solution?” It’s not quite Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. You can see it in action below.
As a father whose kids are now grown and mostly out of the house, I’m grateful that my sons are thriving at college and getting on with the business of becoming adults. I’m also grateful that my home is now considerably less messy. When the boys were little, I dreamed of owning a device that I called the “Toyboni.” It’s like a Zamboni that would drive around your house and replace the clutter of toys with a nice clean floor. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with a dream like this.
Professor Ken Goldberg of UC Berkeley warns that the handy-dandy cleaning machine won’t be available right away. He says it’s still “a bit too expensive to justify this for home use” and currently lacks the ability to sort garments by color. However, researchers suggest that sorting could be just around the corner for the new technology. Goldberg adds, “The ability to efficiently pick up garments could be very useful for senior citizens, in hospitals, hotels, and in retail clothing stores.”