DustCart Cleans Up Peccioli, Italy
In 2006, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna in Pisa, Italy was given a grant to develop a better form of urban hygiene. DustCart was born and if you lived in Peccioli all you had to do to get it to perform was call it from your cell phone and it and its Segway base would deliver your new garbage receptacle. Toss in your trash, up to 70 lbs., and the bot would haul it to a dump.
This is no one trick robot. It can also measure air quality and provide city information like train schedules. DustCart, and its partner DustClean, passed the city test but at a double digit cost, it may be a while before the pair is hired out, although discussions to have DustCart turn into a neighborhood pharmacy delivery bot have been held. Hmmm.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at September 3, 2010 9:10 AM