Winbot, The Window-Cleaning Robot, Coming Next Year

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It's no surprise that the first wave of robots that people have welcomed into their homes were charged with the menial task of cleaning. Now that iRobot's Roomba has effectively quenched any fears about living with a robot, Chinese-based Ecovacs is ready to introduce another cleaning robot into your humble abode: the window-cleaning robot, Winbot.

Winbot works similarly to others cleaning bots in that it first maps out the scale of the surface to clean and then programs a path to track. Ecovacs has redesigned the Winbot to use suction instead of previous models that relied on magnets and two robots on either side of the window. It generates only 55 decibels during operation and can hold up to 37 pounds (17 kg). A safety pod also can also be attached to the window to prevent Winbot from crashing to the floor should the bot lose suction. Even though its batteries have now been replaced with a power cord attached, the new Winbot looks sleek and relatively easy to use.

The company's infomercial for Winbot recently appeared on Mashable and it's worth a look to see how well it appears to function:

Winbot will be appearing at next year's Consumer Electronics Show, and hopefully a price will have been announced by then.

In addition to Winbot, Ecovacs has put together an entire line of household robots: the vacuum cleaner Deebot, the air purifying Atmobot, and Famibot, a telepresence bot equipped with motion detectors so it can serve as a sentry and send a text message to the homeowner should anything odd occur. With many companies looking to get robots into people's homes, the competition is ramping up.

Winbot may not be the only window cleaning robot around, but it has the potential to become the de facto bot, if the price point is right. That could be tough as consumers don't wash their windows nearly as often as they have to clean floors. Still, if Ecovacs can break into the US market with Winbot, then its full product line could get more traction.

We'll have to wait until next year to see if Winbot can be a winner.

David J. Hill

Managing Director, Digital Media at Singularity University
I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

Discussion — 4 Responses

  • why06 December 20, 2012 on 10:00 am

    I can’t wait till the things are cheap and small enough that everyone has lil robots cleaning their house. I guess this is just generation one. As it is, I don’t think I would use one unless I has some huge 50ft window. Maybe some1 can make an industrial sized one of these to clean skyscrapers

    • digitalcole why06 December 21, 2012 on 10:04 am

      …and I was just watching a video on cleaning the Burj Khalifa. After seeing this I can imagine a window cleaning robot in its future.

  • Drazil December 25, 2012 on 4:23 pm

    have some cyber dragons to clean outside large building windows ^.-.^

  • Starlin Messi January 4, 2013 on 1:24 am

    Wow this is really an awesome thing that now robot will do daily cleaning tasks. I really like this post and would like to share it with my friends. I personally like the window cleaning robot as this one is the most tough job of cleaning among other kinds. Here I have another useful online resource of information for getting information on types of other cleaning services and providers.