Students design product idea for a robot that assists elderly with vacuuming

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Senti © Electrolux Group

In collaboration with Electrolux Group, students from the Umeå Institute of Design (IUD) in Sweden have developed a product idea for a robot aimed at helping the elderly with vacuuming. This robot, called Senti, would be capable of independently using attachments and vacuuming in hard-to-reach areas.

Senti: A robot that vacuums for the elderly

The product concept focuses not so much on a robot vacuum cleaner but rather on a robot that aids the elderly in vacuuming. The students conceived the idea that the robot could lift the vacuum cleaner and attachments from a docking station and then clean accordingly, following instructions via a mobile app.

Once the robot completes the vacuuming task, it returns the vacuum cleaner to the docking station, where it cleans both the vacuum and the various attachments. There are already robot vacuum cleaners that can clean themselves, such as the Roomba J7+, which I tested earlier.

‘Electrolux learns from students'

Electrolux Group engages students to learn from them. “This partnership is not all about us sharing our experience and expertise – we are learning a lot from these talented students as we look into the future together,” says Martin Alexanderson, Senior Design Manager.

Robbert Tigchelaar
Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar has made testing vacuum cleaners his life's work. He has dedicated himself to conducting fully independent and valuable tests of vacuum cleaners to provide consumers with honest advice. His expertise in vacuum cleaners has been highlighted in The Washington Post and the Daily Express.

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