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ROOFUS Tackles Snow

Posted 19 Nov 2008 at 18:10 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

Designer Michal Glogowski submits a 220 pound robotic solution (Yanko Design Link) to the problem of snow build-up on flat-roofed commercial buildings. ROOFUS is conceptualized for either remote controlled or autonomous operation, and provides blades for collecting snow or breaking up ice. The frozen payload is stored in a container, then ejected dump-truck style over the side of the building or into a chute. In addition to saving untold man-hours of shoveling and tingling fingers, ROOFUS can be outfitted with grass-mowing blades, street sweeping attachments, or floor polishing pads. While it looks like some technical details still need to be worked out, and a trip to the the safety review department is in order, ROOFUS could be a common site among Google map viewers in the not-so-distant future.


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