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4/23/2008

Elephantine urinal robot debuts in Kobe Japan

robo-zo robot

pee bot urinal cleaning robot

Today I spotted this elephantine e’pissoir cleaning robot for urinals that was demonstrated at the Kobe International Airport.
Don’t you think the little yellow hat on top of this “labor-saving” 100kg (220lb) robot is precious?
The following is my mega-funky machine translation of the Robot.Watch’s description of the demonstration of the the robot.


The “DCBA” men’s room cleaning robot
Robot.Watch, Impress.co.jp 2008 April 22 (edited translation)—On April 17, 2008, MERTEC Company unveiled a urinal cleaning robot, the “DCBA” in Kobe Airport terminal….
…Mr. Susumu Kanai was in charge of the design of the DCBA. He said that, ” I imaged a powerful reversal of the urinal drain would be like an elephant and used this as the theme. Following that reversal theme, the robot’s brand name “DCBA” DCBA in Japanese [pronounced "DaSuBiEh"] is the reversal of the letters “ABCD.”
Mr. Mr. Kanai explained, “To express performing things in sequence in Japanese is commonly referred to as doing something “ABC” — I thought it would be a good idea for the logo to be the mirror reversal of ABCD….
dcba-inventor and logo


Ok, it is hard to imagine how shoving and wrestling the 100kg DCBA robot into position would be a savings in labor. In the top photo, the DCBA robot dwarfs the operator girl. However, the company claims the machine cleans one urinal in 10 seconds and saves eight liters of water in the process. The robots are intended for the cleaning operations of large institutions including highway rest areas and public restrooms of railroads. The selling price will be 1 million yen (about $9,700 USD).

UPDATE!
There are scant details available yet, but I hear there is already prototype robot–pictured below–that is designed to challenge the “reversal” concept of the DCBA robot. That is, this robot cleans the source needing cleaning rather that urinal (ha, ha).
robo-urinal cleans you



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2 Responses to “Elephantine urinal robot debuts in Kobe Japan”

  1. Taro Says:

    Welcome all you Boing-Boing-ers.
    I always wondered if former fellow Strange-on-the-Front-Range©r, Mark Frauenfelder, was reading my blog…I guess he does.

  2. MARKed TRAIL Says:

    Hey Taro!
    I just saw a much funnier headline about this….

    Cute Elephant Robot Drinks Human Urine
    GadgetsPalace.com [Robots] by Sean Fallon
    Those crazy inventors over at Mertec in Japan have recently unveiled their newest creation—a robot elephant designed to clean urinals. The man behind the unique design claims that the elephant theme came to him because he imagined the

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