Although we’ve been developing, technologically speaking, at unseen rates throughout humanity’s history, there’s still a lot of room for improvements. It could take a few decades to radically change consumers’ most used appliances, but some ideas are already here. More specifically, if you though vacuuming technologies are already at their highest level, you’re very wrong. Forget the common upright lines. Compared to what’s following 10 years from now, even Dyson’s new 360 Eye robot seems obsolete.
Here is a peak into the future of vacuum cleaners, as seen by some highly talented designers and by some financial potent companies that activate in this field. Most futuristic concepts embrace at least one of the following features:
- Robotic designs – The capacity and use of robotics in future vacuum cleaners is only set to increase. Imagine vacuuming the entire house without putting in any effort. There already are some robotic cleaners to choose from, but they are price prohibitive, and their efficiency is yet to be fully trickled and acknowledged.
- Environmental friendly designs – There is no going back to using appliances that harm the environment and this is the fundamental principle of most manufacturers today. Future vacuum cleaners will be environmentally friendly, easy to maintain and recyclable. No more harmful exposures, loud noises, no more airborne particles to breath.
- Energy efficiency – When advertising appliances, almost all promotional messages mention energy efficiency. EU already passed a law limiting the input power of vacuum cleaners to 1600W. The future cleaning systems will detect dirt, clean when necessary and use the least energy to complete their task. Today’s “brute-force” approach will most likely not be used in future.
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Here are some of the trendiest projects and technologies that were imagined to this day:
- Nanophea robot vacuum cleaner – There is simply no other design comparable to Nanophea. This smart autonomous and efficient cleaner is designed based on the Nano Effect: it diffuses thin pearls of water that attract dust and dirt particles, then sucks them in, quickly filters the dirt and extracts water which is then used over and over again. What’s more, it only measures 12 centimeters in height, which is perfect for going under most furniture pieces. It is powered by a lithium battery and the unit automatically goes back to its charging station when the power runs out.
- EV Cardboard VAX – This is the first ever created cardboard vacuum cleaner which is designed on the basis of environmental friendliness, simplicity and efficiency. Not all future vacuum cleaners are going to be robust technological systems with overrated capacities. As Zaier Jihed (the creator of this concept) points out, this design is the greener alternative, as it features a compact cardboard exterior. VAX, the company behind the project, promotes futuristic designs in terms of ergonomics, safety and environment conservation.
- Dust ball robot cleaner – This hamster-ball inspired robotic cleaner is designed for industrial and public space use. Unlike household cleaners, the dust ball incorporates an inertial motor which works both as the driving and suction unit. It rotates in two axes to force the ball into movement. It features smart sensors and a secure base for charging.
- Robo Tap cleaner – This evolutionary automatic cleaner is quite interesting to use. It is partially autonomous. The interesting feature – a special IPS system that attaches to user’s shoe. When you walk, the cleaner moves. When you tap your feet, it quickly moves to the dirt and cleans. When you tap twice or more, it cancels the order. It was designed by Gyu Ha Choi and was one of the 8 finalists in Electrolux Design Lab competition.
Among emerging technologies and futuristic models, the above-mentioned examples are only a few of the things that I’m looking forward to in the next decades. What do you think? Do you have other interesting examples?