In the world of autonomous housekeepers, we still don’t have Rosie from the Jetsons. But as this four-legged concept called Tody demonstrates, chore-busting bots don’t have to be humanoid.
The soft-sided robot comes from Turkish designer Rana Alper, and takes much of its form from nature. The shape resembles a starfish, but its mobility and ability to use its arms for various tasks comes from the octopus. Tiny, gecko-inspired grippers on the underside of Tody’s arms help it cling to a wide variety of surfaces.
Polymer-metal composites make it flexible and function as artificial muscles to move the robot around. Tody is able to crawl along floors, up onto furniture and even climb curtains. It has 22 steam nozzles and 29 vacuum nozzles in each of its arms and water reservoirs and a dust bag in its body. It follows voice commands to clean floors, curtains, rugs, and furniture.
According to the DailyMail, the robot concept is one of 100 ideas out of more than 1,700 to have been shortlisted for the next phase of the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Competition.
Credit: Rana Alper, 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Competition