Getting closer to the dream of a bathroom cleaning robot

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Rain Noah – April 4, 2011

I’m used to seeing disgusting bathrooms in two places: train stations and apartments with roommates in their twenties. Something about getting on the rails causes people to lose any sense of human decency in a bathroom, and when there are roommates, the newly graduated tenants are certain that it is the responsibility of others to. to clean the restroom.

Here’s a possible help: iRobot recently released the Scooba 230, a robot mop designed for bathrooms. They’ve been making the Scooba model for about five years, but its large diameter – about the size of a 33 rpm LP – makes it impossible to fit into the tight spaces around the toilets (at least in city apartments). The 230 is smaller, closer to the size of a 45.

Sounds like a dream come true, don’t know? Of course, assuming this thing is working properly, all it actually does is clean the floor. What I really want to see from iRobot is kind of a little sucker using a robot that climbs up to clean the shower, the entire surface of the toilet, and the sink. I even have a render of a potential form factor:

Rain Noah

I am an outdated industrial designer. I was born in New York and thought I would die there, but a few years ago I left New York to live on a farm in the country with my wife. We have six dogs.


Sounds like a dream come true, don’t know? Of course, assuming this thing is working properly, all it actually does is clean the floor. What I really want to see from iRobot is kind of a little sucker using a robot that climbs up to clean the shower, the entire surface of the toilet, and the sink. I even have a render of a potential form factor:

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