Dustbusting drones and 3D food printers: Eight gadgets that could change your home forever

Flying mini-robot cleaners, expanding walls that filter the air and 3D food printers could all be in our homes soon, according to the judges at the Electrolux Design Lab.
Swarm cleaning

Your Roomba might not cut it any more, thanks to this flying robot concept called “Mab”, which would see hundreds of tiny drones picking up dust.

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The drone control centre
One of the tiny cleaning drones

Flying mini-robot cleaners, expanding walls that filter the air and 3D food printers all won prizes in the contest, organised by the home appliance firm.

The winning concept, by Adrian Perez Zapata from Colombia, is an automated cleaning system consisting of hundreds of flying mini-robots.

The robots clean surfaces by touching them with a drop of water.

Mab scans the house, determine the areas to clean and sends the robots flying.

“I was in my university gardens when I observed the controlled flight of bees pollinating a flower, and how magical it is to see swarms of bees working together,” Perez Zapata said.

“My concept Mab only requires a short initial configuration to function autonomously, so you could arrive home and see a swarm of mini-robots roaming around cleaning independently.

This means you could sit back and relax, as you observe with great astonishment the little Mab ‘fairies’ working their magic autonomously.”

Judges hailed the concept as a major step forward in home robotics.

“This year’s winning concept renews the idea of looking at the robot, seeing it not as one unit that mimics a person, but instead as something inspired by the magical logic of nature’s collaborative efforts and group intelligence,” said Stefano Marzano, Chief Design Officer at Electrolux and Head of Jury.

“The Mab is an innovative concept which could be relevant to minimize the daily cleaning efforts of consumers as well as businesses, while maximizing the results”

Click through our gallery of the other winners below

[Source: Electrolux Design Lab]