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Date: 12/21/10 12:30 PM

83 Responses to Dust Ball: Meet The Vacuum Of The Future

  1. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2551 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Link: Dust Ball: Meet The Vacuum Of The Future - A robotic vacuum that gathers debris as it rolls about.
  2. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    I so think its a giant golf ball!
  3. Profile photo of hyeonkim0805
    hyeonkim0805 Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    If it was the size of that trash bucket, it`s too big. I rather go with the roomba.
  4. Profile photo of McMatthewL
    McMatthewL Male 13-17
    113 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    Pets wouldn`t leave it alone
  5. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    It`s not a new idea. It`s called a Roomba.
  6. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    so its a spherical roomba?
  7. Profile photo of Ando
    Ando Male 13-17
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    and corners?
  8. Profile photo of InvaderTiger
    InvaderTiger Female 18-29
    55 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    How will my cat ride around on it?
  9. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    I can`t see it being able to hold that much debris without being so big that it is unable to reach corners.
  10. Profile photo of Bdan
    Bdan Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    I often leave large chunks of dirt on my carpet...
  11. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Stupid concept. Too big; no corners.
  12. Profile photo of the_phantom
    the_phantom Male 18-29
    510 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    also how does it pick up the dirt?
  13. Profile photo of iGamer
    iGamer Male 18-29
    192 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    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
  14. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    won`t clean well but it will give the dog some exercise chasing it.
  15. Profile photo of regediT
    regediT Male 18-29
    716 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm
    Is it Japanese by any chance?
  16. Profile photo of darthtatum
    darthtatum Male 13-17
    25 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm
    seems like the ball shape would be really inefficient for vaccuuming.
  17. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    "Is it Japanese by any chance? "

    It was designed by "Dave Hakkens" so I dont think so...
  18. Profile photo of scoomanchoo
    scoomanchoo Male 18-29
    219 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    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).
  19. Profile photo of xKiesix
    xKiesix Female 18-29
    448 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    It`s a round roomba. bfd.
  20. Profile photo of comrade_b
    comrade_b Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    yeah but how does it clean corners?
  21. Profile photo of aquaman1227
    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
    683 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    @comrade_b You make your house entirely round. Problem solved.
  22. Profile photo of kj36
    kj36 Female 18-29
    240 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    its adooooorable
  23. Profile photo of Wundt
    Wundt Male 40-49
    410 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    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.
  24. Profile photo of pomokey
    pomokey Male 18-29
    95 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    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.
  25. Profile photo of BrimstoneOne
    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    a nice concept, and for that it will remain...
  26. Profile photo of PfulHouse
    PfulHouse Male 30-39
    371 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    That dreamworks short was nice. Time to see a real life model.
  27. Profile photo of twenty5
    twenty5 Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    that thing covers very small surface area...
  28. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm
    "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.
  29. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    "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.
  30. Profile photo of fatbone
    fatbone Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    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
  31. Profile photo of GVP
    GVP Female 18-29
    507 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    I wouldn`t be able to have magnets rolling around the house like that. Too many hard drives stored to be safe.
  32. Profile photo of Corpsecrank
    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
    930 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    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.
  33. Profile photo of ak2nc1
    ak2nc1 Female 18-29
    867 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    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?"
  34. Profile photo of joosen52
    joosen52 Male 18-29
    206 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    Wundt

    also it would be pretty bad at vacuuming in corners or along walls
  35. Profile photo of imnaked
    imnaked Male 18-29
    109 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    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?
  36. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
    2798 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    That thing blows and therefore sucks...

    BWAHAHAHAAA!
  37. Profile photo of CoffeeTable
    CoffeeTable Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    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.
  38. Profile photo of JonnyRobbie
    JonnyRobbie Male 18-29
    53 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    that reminds me old joke: "The day Microsoft makes something that doesnt suck is the day they make vacuum cleaner" ...;-)
  39. Profile photo of Student_Law
    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    Yeah fun until you spill water on it. Then you suddenly have 100 little evil ones, laughing at you.
  40. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5195 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Dust and hair tend to collect on the floor near walls. This thing can`t get to that area.
  41. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
    2514 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    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.
  42. Profile photo of MisterG
    MisterG Male 30-39
    633 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    How about the corners?
  43. Profile photo of Lorah
    Lorah Female 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    how lazy are we??
  44. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Seems like a pretty haphazard way to clean a room.
  45. Profile photo of MauserTM
    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    Stop kicking my vacuum cleaner
  46. Profile photo of Kougaiji
    Kougaiji Male 18-29
    604 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    Lolterrible
    idea
  47. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    They see me rollin....
  48. Profile photo of tommy2X4
    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    December 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    Not welcome in the Meth Lab
  49. Profile photo of Tisjokar
    Tisjokar Male 18-29
    985 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    Good good... now all we need to do is make them 200 feet tall, and shoot lazors
  50. Profile photo of DFWBrysco
    DFWBrysco Male 40-49
    307 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    This would send my dog into a nervous breakdown.
  51. Profile photo of PringleMan
    PringleMan Female 13-17
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    December 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    cool... now i`ll just wait `till dyson makes one of these...
  52. Profile photo of Trypno
    Trypno Male 18-29
    474 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    Great, now design it so it doesn`t knock my poo over
  53. Profile photo of Ston
    Ston Male 30-39
    198 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    If that thing doesn`t play the Katamari Damacy theme song as it goes around, i don`t want it.
  54. Profile photo of s0rd3dvis1on
    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    December 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm
    I`d just end up with a godzilla sized dustball devouring my puny self
  55. Profile photo of Darkhumour
    Darkhumour Male 18-29
    257 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    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.
  56. Profile photo of mts2457
    mts2457 Female 18-29
    535 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    umm.. Roomba?
  57. Profile photo of Squidbush
    Squidbush Male 40-49
    770 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    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.
  58. Profile photo of KangaZ
    KangaZ Male 13-17
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    December 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    Ew, i really didn`t like that. I like technology how it is, but maybe with a better fuel supply
  59. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    Ok, does anyone have any real details?
    How much does it hold for example?
  60. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    December 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Basically, I have cats. This would scare the ever living drat out of them. I love this thing.
  61. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5195 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 1:20 am
    >>They see me rollin....

    LOL!
  62. Profile photo of sidewyz8
    sidewyz8 Female 18-29
    843 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 5:33 am
    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.
  63. Profile photo of HalfPintRoo
    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
    2765 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 6:46 am
    I liked it until the end where it looked like the size of a globe...
  64. Profile photo of pigsnout5
    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
    546 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 6:58 am
    you missed a spot
  65. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2010 at 7:46 am
    Thats cool till the dog chews it up.
  66. Profile photo of MountainBord
    MountainBord Female 18-29
    1894 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 8:15 am
    yea "he" would be kinda annoying
  67. Profile photo of LuvDefying
    LuvDefying Female 18-29
    115 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 8:30 am
    Don`t they already have a vacuum that moves by itself? I think it`s called the roombot or something?
  68. Profile photo of SnapsForMe
    SnapsForMe Female 18-29
    217 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 9:02 am
    The future of toys for fat kids. Ball that rolls itself, and then comes back. All that exercise as they watch tv!
  69. Profile photo of AtheistAlien
    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
    809 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 9:09 am
    HEY ROUDBALL!! Ever heard of corners? Nice engineering dumbasses.
  70. Profile photo of number43
    number43 Male 70 & Over
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    December 22, 2010 at 9:32 am
    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.
  71. Profile photo of DeathToLems
    DeathToLems Female 18-29
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    December 22, 2010 at 9:43 am
    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
  72. Profile photo of Durrell
    Durrell Male 18-29
    136 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am
    @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
  73. Profile photo of crackyhoss
    crackyhoss Male 18-29
    254 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
    ok i`m sorry, but tiny surface area, can`t get to any corners, and how the hell does it create suction?
  74. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    Cool idea, though in practice I can`t imagine it would be very efficient.
  75. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    December 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Can`t do corners = fail.
  76. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    December 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    "Lorah: how lazy are we??"

    We`re not lazy, we`re "busy."
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    duckflash Female 13-17
    570 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    oh my cats would LOVE this
  78. Profile photo of YugureKage
    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    December 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    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.
  79. Profile photo of inaria
    inaria Female 18-29
    1515 posts
    December 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    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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    gordonthulu Male 30-39
    6 posts
    December 23, 2010 at 10:22 am
    can your dangly bits get stuck in it?
  81. Profile photo of Avalessa
    Avalessa Female 13-17
    491 posts
    December 23, 2010 at 11:08 am
    If I had a kid, wouldn`t they get stuck to this after thinking it was a toy?
  82. Profile photo of Spider_sol
    Spider_sol Male 18-29
    1452 posts
    December 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm
    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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    dielaughing Female 13-17
    129 posts
    December 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm
    God forbid we do anything ourselves.

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