Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics (PIRO) in South Korea have developed a robot that can handle the equally tedious – and often dangerous depending on which floor you live on – task of cleaning windows. Called Windoro, the robot consists of two separate modules that clean the window by spraying detergent and scrubbing away with a series of spinning pads. 

Unlike the Stickybot we looked at recently what mimicked gecko biology to scale surfaces including glass, Windoro relies on neodymium magnets that pull the two modules on either side of the window together with enough force to allow it to stay vertical. The researchers chose this method instead of vacuum power because they found it wasn’t as safe or reliable and would require the vacuum to be on at all times just to keep the robot in place.

With the magnets, Windoro will stay on a window from 10 - 25mm (0.39 - 0.98-in) thick, even when powered down. Once in place, Windoro uses distance measuring sensors, attitude determination and collision detection to stay on track as it performs its window washing magic.

The robot reportedly took around 300 million KRW (approx. US$1258,500) to develop and the PIRO team plans to release it commercially next year targeted for use in high-rise buildings.

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Peterborough UK Window Cleaning Post OCT 12th 2011

Windoro The Window Cleaning Robot (Video) 


I normally don’t report on household cleaning robots, but this one is sort of cool.  Researchers at the Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics (PIRO, South Korea) have unveiled a window-cleaning robot called Windoro that will be commercialized in the new year.  The robot, which had a budget of approximately 300M KRW ($260,000 USD), consists of two modules that hug together on opposite sides of a window using neodymium magnets.  The magnetic system is said to be safer and more reliable than other approaches, such as vacuum power.  The robot uses distance sensors, attitude adjustment, and obstacle detection while doing its little window waltz, employing detergent and a series of spinning pads to wash up as it goes.