Dust Ball: Meet The Vacuum Of The Future

Submitted by: Matwix_2004 6 years ago Tech

Dust Ball from Dave Hakkens on Vimeo.


A robotic vacuum that gathers debris as it rolls about.
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Female 129
God forbid we do anything ourselves.
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Male 1,451
Um, talk about horrible footprint... This thing can vacuum MAYBE a 1 inch wide path. Plus, it can only get the carpet 6 inches away from the wall.
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Female 491
If I had a kid, wouldn`t they get stuck to this after thinking it was a toy?
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Male 6
can your dangly bits get stuck in it?
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Female 1,515
Really cool but I wonder how strong the vaccuum is and how efficient it would actually be. I mean in an empty room sure it can roll around just fine. But with lots of furniture I can see it getting kinda stuck in one area.
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Female 1,205
oh man I want one! I will name him Xerxes. He will be my god king! I don`t even care about the fact that he impractical.
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Female 570
oh my cats would LOVE this
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Male 9,306
"Lorah: how lazy are we??"

We`re not lazy, we`re "busy."
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Male 2,868
Can`t do corners = fail.
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Female 2,525
Cool idea, though in practice I can`t imagine it would be very efficient.
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Male 254
ok i`m sorry, but tiny surface area, can`t get to any corners, and how the hell does it create suction?
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Male 136
@LuvDefying its called a Roomba I have one. it`s AWESOME. you set it on a timer and it does it`s thing once a day.

still have to vacuum big stuff up yourself, but they are still pretty good for general house keeping
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Female 1,435
its cool till you come back an hour later and the hoovering still is not quite done. it would be quicker to do it by hand
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Male 759
I think this is a scam set up by the Life Alert people to trip old ladys. I Don`t see how it can get any suction when the thing is filled with holes and it`s brushless.
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Male 809
HEY ROUDBALL!! Ever heard of corners? Nice engineering dumbasses.
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Female 217
The future of toys for fat kids. Ball that rolls itself, and then comes back. All that exercise as they watch tv!
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Female 115
Don`t they already have a vacuum that moves by itself? I think it`s called the roombot or something?
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Female 1,894
yea "he" would be kinda annoying
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Male 6,694
Thats cool till the dog chews it up.
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Female 546
you missed a spot
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Female 2,764
I liked it until the end where it looked like the size of a globe...
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Female 843
That was cute. I wouldn`t mind having one, but my son and 2 dogs wouldn`t ever leave it alone. I wonder how quiet it is, I could let it run around at night instead.
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Male 5,194
>>They see me rollin....

LOL!
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Male 4,547
Basically, I have cats. This would scare the ever living drat out of them. I love this thing.
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Male 4,547
Ok, does anyone have any real details?
How much does it hold for example?
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Male 1
Ew, i really didn`t like that. I like technology how it is, but maybe with a better fuel supply
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Male 941
And just like every other automated floor cleaning toy it manages to be totally useless in the real world. When they make one that can clean under furniture, clean corners and manage to navigate a cluttered room without going into a nervous breakdown, then I`ll buy one.
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Female 535
umm.. Roomba?
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Male 257
the dust ball picking up 2.2 grams of dust since 2014 and taking 3 weeks to clean one small room. The dust ball making you hate cleaning through innovation and synergy.
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Male 2,388
I`d just end up with a godzilla sized dustball devouring my puny self
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Male 198
If that thing doesn`t play the Katamari Damacy theme song as it goes around, i don`t want it.
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Male 474
Great, now design it so it doesn`t knock my poo over
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Female 1,356
cool... now i`ll just wait `till dyson makes one of these...
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Male 307
This would send my dog into a nervous breakdown.
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Male 985
Good good... now all we need to do is make them 200 feet tall, and shoot lazors
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Male 3,472
Not welcome in the Meth Lab
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Male 2,033
They see me rollin....
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Male 604
Lolterrible
idea
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Male 1,222
Stop kicking my vacuum cleaner
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Male 2,422
Seems like a pretty haphazard way to clean a room.
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Female 1,784
how lazy are we??
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Male 633
How about the corners?
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Male 2,514
Being a sphere, it would only cover a very, very narrow path with each pass. It would take forever for it to vacuum a room the size of the last room.
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Male 5,194
Dust and hair tend to collect on the floor near walls. This thing can`t get to that area.
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Male 1,010
Yeah fun until you spill water on it. Then you suddenly have 100 little evil ones, laughing at you.
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Male 53
that reminds me old joke: "The day Microsoft makes something that doesnt suck is the day they make vacuum cleaner" ...;-)
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Male 13
All the points regarding it are valid, but I have a feeling that its aimed more at the office or very large house. Often in really nice offices you don`t need to vacuum but there are bit of debris that need to be picked up. This accomplishes that, also in a large house it could keep the same bits of debris off the floor between vacuuming. Of course it is highly impractical in an area with high furniture density or small floor area. In the same places it could be an interesting conversation piece... essentially functional art.
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Male 2,796
That thing blows and therefore sucks...

BWAHAHAHAAA!
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Male 109
also with any of these products they probably take a long time to clean the whole area, are you really that lazy you cant take 5 minutes to use a regular vacuum?
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Male 206
Wundt

also it would be pretty bad at vacuuming in corners or along walls
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Female 870
Not cleaning corners and not getting under furniture are both good points... also, as the ball rolls, such a small percentage of the surface area ever makes actual contact with the floor... it`s not like it vaccumes a diameter width space as it rolls... it`s just not efficient at all. Although a neat conversational piece, I might be embarassed to answer the immediate and most obvious question, "does it work?"... and the next most obvious question, "how much did you pay for it?"
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Male 928
It isn`t very practical because of the surface area. It would only pick up from a very small limited point of contact as it rolls along. It also would never get along a wall or in a corner making it one of the least desirable cleaning devices on the market considering everyone looks for something that can get those specific areas.
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Female 507
I wouldn`t be able to have magnets rolling around the house like that. Too many hard drives stored to be safe.
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Male 39
The biggest problem with any modern robot is that they cant think (true for designers too). this is way to large you cant get under the bed or at char for that matter. It seems to just change direction if an obstacle is in its path and thereby probably missing large areas where you would have vacuum manually
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Male 4,793
"that thing covers very small surface area..."

I thought of that too, but then realized that it doesnt matter because even though it may take it a full day to vacuum one room, at the end of the day, you still didn`t have to vacuum.
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Male 4,793
"I`m sorry, but you do not use constantly active electromagnets on anything that`s battery powered. It`s simply not efficient at all."

Perhaps they aren`t electromagnets, but magnets that are slid away from eachother when the container is full. Thus not using any power, other than to slide the magnets away. But yes, in La-La-Land, this is a great thing, in the real scary world, this isn`t very practical.
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Male 167
that thing covers very small surface area...
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Male 371
That dreamworks short was nice. Time to see a real life model.
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Male 2,229
a nice concept, and for that it will remain...
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Male 95
So many aspects of this make it clear that this was designed by an artist, and not an engineer. A few of these have already been pointed out by other comments. The real kicker was when it said the magnets turn off to open it up. I`m sorry, but you do not use constantly active electromagnets on anything that`s battery powered. It`s simply not efficient at all.
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Male 409
I have two golden retrievers who shed enough to fill my large canister vacuum every week. While I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have a device vacuum for me... this ain`t it.

- The canister is still too small (which is why I don`t bother with a Roomba)
- It won`t fit under furniture (where most of the dog hair collects)
- I don`t think, given its size and there being no beater bar, it would have enough suction to actually pick up the dog hair.

I had design like this, where it is cute, but ultimately doesn`t do what it is designed to do.
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Female 240
its adooooorable
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Male 683
@comrade_b You make your house entirely round. Problem solved.
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Male 295
yeah but how does it clean corners?
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Female 448
It`s a round roomba. bfd.
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Male 219
Neat idea, but the fact that it is a sphere means it has a very small area touching the ground at any one time... a cylinder would probably work better (using omni wheels wooo).
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Male 15,510
"Is it Japanese by any chance? "

It was designed by "Dave Hakkens" so I dont think so...
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Male 25
seems like the ball shape would be really inefficient for vaccuuming.
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Male 716
Is it Japanese by any chance?
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Male 37,888
won`t clean well but it will give the dog some exercise chasing it.
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Male 201
i`d like to see it rolling back n forth in anger over that one piece of debris that never wants to come off the carpet
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Male 510
also how does it pick up the dirt?
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Male 2,552
Stupid concept. Too big; no corners.
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Male 59
I often leave large chunks of dirt on my carpet...
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Male 1,548
I can`t see it being able to hold that much debris without being so big that it is unable to reach corners.
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Female 55
How will my cat ride around on it?
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Male 373
and corners?
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Male 7,585
so its a spherical roomba?
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Male 11,740
It`s not a new idea. It`s called a Roomba.
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Male 113
Pets wouldn`t leave it alone
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Male 667
If it was the size of that trash bucket, it`s too big. I rather go with the roomba.
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Male 25,416
I so think its a giant golf ball!
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Male 2,551
Link: Dust Ball: Meet The Vacuum Of The Future [Rate Link] - A robotic vacuum that gathers debris as it rolls about.
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