Robots Take Over Spring Cleaning!
By: Sharon Whalen, SilverSmartTM technology associate, Lutheran SeniorLife
Robots can make your spring cleaning a breeze! Cleaning and maintaining your home can take both time and energy; as the body ages tasks that were once done with ease may require assistance.
Rosie the robotic maid from the cartoon The Jetsons isn't quite available, but there are several devices currently on the market that can perform cleaning tasks for you. Once you set the device, you can sit back (or go out) and come back to a clean home!
Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for a while now, these vacuuming robots use technology to map out your room, avoid walls and clean under furniture. Each brand offers different features and techniques, but basically you turn it on and allow it the time needed to remove dust, debris and pet hair. A few brands include: iRobot Roomba, Neato Botvac, Bissell Smart Clean Robotic Vacuum and Samsung Power Bot. Prices range from $300–$900.
Since floor surfaces may need more than just vacuuming, there are also mopping and scrubbing robots that can do the job. Again, there are several models available some that can take care of both sweeping and mopping. Most operate with a special navigation system that works like an indoor GPS system to keep track of where the device has been and where it needs to go. A few brands include: iRobot Braava Jet, Ecovacs Deebot Vacuum with Mop Cleaner, Rollibot Genius Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Wet Mop. Prices range from $200–$400.
Are you ready to look out the window and enjoy the tulips and daffodils? The Winbot from Evovacs is a robot that will clean your windows and leave them streak free! This device uses pathfinder navigation that calculates a custom cleaning path for speed and efficiency, while intelligently avoiding edges and obstacles. Evovacs offers a few models that cost between $280–$350.
There are robots for the outside of your home, too! The iRobot Looj is a remote controlled robot that cleans rain gutters by blasting away leaves, dirt and clogs while brushing the gutter clean. It retails for around $300.
Grillbot is a fully automatic barbecue grill cleaning robot that is equipped with 3 high-powered motors to clean every inch of the grill. It’s driven by a sophisticated CPU chip that controls movement, speed and direction of the brushes. There are three different models with prices ranging between $90–$120.
Finally, for cat owners, there is an automatic, self-cleaning Litter Box for your feline friends! The litter robot rotates itself, sifting out clumps and depositing them into a drawer lined with standard kitchen trash bags. It will cost you $350 for the robot to perform this task!
If you would like more information on any of these or other senior-friendly technology items, call Sharon Whalen, technology associate at (724) 452-3619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.