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Vacuum Robot Eats the Trash it Cleans

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Photo credit: Some rights reserved by localsurfer via Flickr

Photo credit: Some rights reserved by localsurfer via Flickr.

Cleaning is one thing, disposing of the waste is another. The idea of throwing the trash might seem mundane, but it is actually a challenge for us to properly dispose it, even for the small smudges and marks that constantly annoy us.

This is probably the reason why this new innovative robot cleaner has caught our attention, as it is currently the only cleaning tool that lets you completely forget about the whole proper disposal issue.

Casabella, a company that specializes in a wide variety of cleaning products, has recently unveiled Limbo, their new robot cleaner unit. On the surface, it looks like your average automated cleaning robot. However, it is very different from your average cleaning bot because it is capable of using the trash it cleans into usable and recyclable energy.

The working principle that helps Limbo achieve this is what’s called as microbial electrolysis, or the production of energy through the decomposition of organic compounds using bacteria. As explained by the source report, whenever Limbo sucks up and vacuums waste, it throws it into a wet composting bin, and lets the bacteria decompose the matter thrown. The decomposing action creates a current or charge, which is used to produce the required energy to let it move around the house and operate. So yeah, the word “eat” is totally appropriate for this innovation.

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Limbo’s use of the microbial electrolysis cell enables it to be almost perfectly energy-independent, never requiring an active recharge, and is completely free of cables and wires that would have connected it constantly to a local power source. So it’s not just convenient because you don’t need to manage those scrapes, smudges and marks, it’s also relatively easy to use because it’s wireless, and it is easy to carry around because it is not installed with a large, bulky and heavy battery unit.

One notable feature in Limbo’s design is the use of a wheel that’s patterned with small cell holes (kind of like the one seen here), instead of using the wheel’s standard form and shape. This allows the unit to traverse on all kinds of obstacles and terrain. It can even climb the stairs using only its wheels, without the need of any additional hardware to help it climb up or down.

Christian Crisostomo
About Christian Crisostomo (266 Posts)

Christian Crisostomo is just your average tech geek that loves to see man's newest and most recent technological exploits. He holds great interest in the potentials of green technology, and is enthusiastic about the continuous development of environment-friendly alternative energy.


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2 Comments on “Vacuum Robot Eats the Trash it Cleans

  1. Considering the average american wastes the equivalent of 4.5 lbs per day, equal to roughly 31.5 lbs a week, this could help reduce quite a bit of waste that goes to landfills. If say only .5 lbs a week is reduced thanks to this machine, that saves roughly 26 lbs a year from the landfill just for one person. I’d say this machine is worth investing in.

  2. Considering the average american wastes the equivalent of 4.5 lbs per day, equal to roughly 31.5 lbs a week, this could help reduce quite a bit of waste that goes to landfills. If say only .5 lbs a week is reduced thanks to this machine, that saves roughly 26 lbs a year from the landfill just for one person. I’d say this machine is worth investing in.

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