Wouldn’t it be great if when you moved out of a house, there were self-sustaining, remotely controlled gadgets to do your post occupation cleaning for you? Imagine a world where you wouldn’t have to lug around a vacuum cleaner or labour over dirty windows, all in an effort to get the house in a hygienically clean condition ready for the new owners. Well, that day-dreamy future is not too far away (if you’re prepared to spend foreign currency, that is), thanks to smart tech and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IoT, which is a network of connected objects collecting and exchanging data via embedded sensors, is infiltrating all spheres of life – from wearables (think Fitbit) and smart homes to smart cars. As early as 2014, Goldman Sachs, the American multinational finance company, stated ‘The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. The 1990s’ fixed Internet wave connected 1 billion users while the 2000s’ mobile wave connected another 2 billion. The IoT has the potential to connect 10X as many (28 billion) “things” to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets [and] cars’ to vacuum cleaners and cleaning wands.
So what does the post occupation cleaning of the near future look like?
Let’s begin with the iRobot® Roomba® 980, a Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum that gives you cleaner floors throughout your home, all at the push of a button. The Roomba 980 navigates and maps its location, recharging along the way as needed until the floors are clean. It sends reports through to the iRobot HOME app on your smart phone, which not only provides remote functionality, allowing you to schedule a clean from wherever you are, but lets you know how long a particular job took and what the coverage was. It cleans all floor types and automatically returns to its docking station to recharge when done.
Let’s move onto the Cop Rose x6 Smart Robot Window Cleaner. With laser sensor and intelligent detection, the Cop Rose automatically maps a cleaning route which is fast and efficient. It’s small and lightweight with an anti-drop design, and the remote control system makes it easy and convenient to use. No more hanging precariously from ladders while you attempt to reach the top windows – just pop the Cop Rose on the window pane and off it goes.
Or how about something slightly less Twilight-zone, but equally effective when it comes to hygiene cleaning (please link to Home page)? Consider the Verilux Sanitizing Wand, this chemical free, UV-C technology based cleaning wand allows you to sanitise taps, countertops, cell phones – any surface you can think of basically that might carry bacteria, moulds or other allergens. It’s easy to use, has a shut-off feature and best of all, it fits neatly into your bag, making it ideal for any kind of disinfecting, whether for pre occupation cleaning, post occupation cleaning (please link to Home page) or just general cleaning while you’re out and about.
Thanks to ever evolving technology, the scope of what becomes possible in our day to day lives is truly remarkable, but until smart gadgets become more accessible to everyone, we’re left doing most of the hard work ourselves. Alternatively, if you’re moving house and the last thing you want to think about is cleaning as you go, remember QClean – leading cleaning specialists who work their magic in the greater Cape Town area for both residential and commercial customers.