Windoro is the first commercially available window cleaning robot. It consists of two modules that clean the two sides of the window simultaneously. The two units are held together by strong magnet while the robot cleans the surface and the edges methodically.
TNW reports that the window cleaning robot uses magnetic technology to operate and is capable of automatically measuring the dimensions of a window so that it ensures it cleans the whole surface without missing any dirty patches.
The Windoro was created by a company based in Gyeongsan in South Korea, and was developed with assistance from the Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics – an institute created in 2004 with the aim of becoming the world’s leading centre in its field.
It measures just 20cm and weighs 2.7 kg but has been designed to clean windows that range from six to 25mm in thickness. The company is aiming the robotic machine at businesses that have large shop windows or even homeowners that struggle to keep on top of their window cleaning duties.
Windoro will be on sale next month US and Europe by January 2011.
Sure, many people have Roombas and other related products for cleaning up their floors, but very few robot products do windows.
In fact, this Windoro product could be the first of its type that I have ever seen. It was developed by South Korea’s Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics (PIRO), and it was shown off at IFA Berlin 2010.
Windoro uses both water, detergent, and rotating pads to clean the glass on both sides of the window. Apparently, these sides of the robot window washer are held together by the neodymium magnets.
I suppose that this would be good for cleaning off a sliding glass door or something, not tiny individual window panes. However, I think where this is really needed are high-rise office buildings with glass facades. Unfortunately, you need someone on both sides of the glass. So I guess you will need that guy who hangs off of the cables outside and some guy inside to put on the other end. You will also need that guy on the inside when you go down a floor.
Yeah, the Windoro might not be too efficient now, but I applaud any design for a robot that will clean windows. I think we all know that people hate doing them.
With everything that people have to do today, it’s hard to find time to clean your living quarters. That’s why miniature robot cleaning devices like the Roomba are such a hit. Just turn it on, and watch as it cleans your floors, as you continue to do whatever it is you need to do. Timers help, too. But, up until now cleaning your windows was something you had to take time out of your day to do. Not anymore, thanks to PIRO’s Windoro, which fastens to your windows, and cleans them just like the Roomba cleans your floors.
The PIRO Windoro is fastened to the window thanks to two parts. The reciprocal cleaning portion is attached to the main unit courtesy of neodymium magnets. You need to be able to access both sides of the window, so it may take two people to get this little bot where you want it. And, if you’re in a high-rise somewhere, and your window doesn’t open easily enough to get the bot in place, it probably wouldn’t be recommended to try and install this on your own.
The Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robots, PIRO, believes that the Windoro is going to sell quite a bit, and estimate sales of upwards of $43 million, or 50 billion won. However, the company didn’t come clean on a release date or what the Windoro will cost. So until those details break cover.
Yes the Windoro Window Robotic Cleaner Best!, 6 Jan 2011
This is the perfect thing for those of us who wish we had an iRobot Roomba for the glass surfaces of our homes as well. One more step until we can have an entire ecosystem of little cleaning robots.
Widoro Robot Cleaner, 24 July 2011
Try googling video of this machine in operation. I googled “Windoro” and got a bunch of videos in Japanese. One of the videos actually showed a window that was actually dirty. The machine cleaned the window, however it was very slow and because it was a really dirty window. It showed where the machine does not get the edge of the window. The design actually held the cleaning discs back from the edge about half an inch. You would still have to clean this by hand. I wouldn’t buy this machine until they redesign it.