DUSTBOT-Street-Robots-Clean-CitiesHave you ever dreamed of cleaning robots that do all the chores in a house for you while you do your everyday activities and enjoy life? Whereas you still have to count on your own effort and energy or to hire a professional maid to get the house clean, soon the street outside your door may be cleaned by a robot. Creepy? Actually it is funny and can be very helpful to countries.

The concept of cleaning robots may sound a bit weird but it is going to become a reality sooner than we think. Keep calm, this is not the plot of a new science fiction book! This is a new invention.

DUSTBOT is a project intended to develop robots that can clean and improve urban environment and hygiene. The system involves autonomous robots who can deal with cleaning tasks on the street, in parks and squares, etc. The machines also tend to gather home rubbish at the door if asked by citizens.

The idea about robotised cleaners is not at all preposterous, especially in Europe when nearly 250,000,000 tonnes of waste is produced on an annual basis. In fact it can help prevent waste and reduce the impact it has on environment. What's more, families will no longer quarrel about whose turn it is to take the rubbish out, since these smart mechanisms can be summoned to empty the trash any time of the day by phone.

The origins of DUSTBOT come from Pisa, Italy. Paolo Darios, professor at the Scuola Sant' Anna's CRIM Laboratory, is in charge of the project. According to him, waste management can be improved with the use of robots that will more easily reach areas and districts which huge trucks access with difficulty. So how big is a robot and what things can it do?

The size of the DUSTBOT is about 1.5 metres. It can carry 30 kilograms or 80 litres. The machine itself weighs 70 kg. It is run on batteries, which can work about 16 kilometres before they need recharging. The robot travels one metre per second and works on a scheduled program. All the necessary information is entered in advance. This includes area maps and environment characteristics. There are levels of autonomy, which needs to be specified before the robot is left to work. To avoid obstacles on the street, the robot has ultrasound and a laser scanner.

So far there are two types of robots: DustClean and DustCart. DustClean is the cleaning robot. It is equipped with an electronic nose, multiple sensors and cleaning tools, which help the machine perform the tasks it has been programed to. The electronic nose serves to monitor the pollutants in the atmosphere and determine the levels of dirtiness and environmental quality.

DustCart, on the other hand, is the rubbish collector. This name is given to the robot due to the fact that it has a cart that serves to hold all the collected rubbish. The robot is small and can easily move around the city and through narrow streets, contrary to refuse trucks which cannot navigate everywhere. In addition, the robot is equipped with a friendly user interface.

This project has been provided with nearly EUR 2,000,000 and has nine partners from five different European countries.

Author Bio: July Minor works as domestic and regular cleaner for long years and knows a lot the cleaning industry and how fast it is technologically improving.