Let's face it: certain chores only please the most obsessed with cleanliness. For mere mortals, however, vacuuming or scrubbing floors is the least of the activities you want to do. And then there are the stairs…
Migo Robotics' vertical answer
For 25 years (it seems like yesterday!) robot vacuum cleaners have come to our rescue to make our lives easier. They evolve, improve, gradually become more precise and silent. None of them, however, had managed to solve the problem of cleaning rooms spread over several floors, perhaps by climbing the stairs alone.
Well, that's exactly what Ascender does, the latest creation from Migo Robotics, a novelty ready to revolutionize the world of cleaning.
And it sure looks like they're not bluffing: The Migo Robotics team is made up of experts from Google, Boston Dynamics, Dyson and Ecovacs. Although Ascender is the first product they launch, expectations are very high.
The characteristics of the new robot vacuum cleaner
The new robot vacuum model isn't just capable of tackling stair cleaning, it does it with a twist. "Multi-floor cleaning has never been easier," says the company site.
Ascender is not limited to being a vacuum cleaner with a suction power of 6kPa. It can also wash floors of up to 480 square meters. Its technology is based on scanners LiDAR for viewing and for climbing stairs, guaranteeing an unprecedented environmental sensitivity and ability to reconstruct the context.
Here's how it works
The operation of Ascender is fascinating: the rectangular body rises up to the next step, while the two "legs" remain on the ground. Once the body is positioned on the top step, the legs bend and lift to join the rest of the body. At that point, the Ascender gets to work like any other robotic vacuum cleaner.
Take a look at the video:
The future of cleaning is uphill (and that's good news)
Migo's guys are ready before the others, but the time for such solutions is ripe: other players (including Dyson, a leading player in the vacuum cleaner sector) are also working on things similar to Ascender. Dyson actually declares that his product will be able to open drawers and interact with the environment.
If all goes as it should, "vertical" cleaning will be a standard in the coming years, and companies will compete to see who gets on the podium first.