The concept, designed by Adrian Perez Zapata from Colombia, is a cleaning system comprised of hundreds of automated, flying mini-robots. Mab scans an area, determines what needs cleaning and then dispatches water-dispensing robots.
“I was in my university gardens when I observed the controlled flight of bees pollinating a flower, and how magical it is to see swarms of bees working together,” Zapata said. “My concept Mab only requires a short initial configuration to function autonomously, so you could arrive home and see a swarm of mini-robots roaming around cleaning independently. This means you could sit back and relax, as you observe with great astonishment the little Mab ‘fairies’ working their magic autonomously.”
Electrolux’s chief design officer, Stefano Marzano, was impressed by the concept.
“This year’s winning concept renews the idea of looking at the robot, seeing it not as one unit that mimics a person, but instead something inspired by the magical logic of nature’s collaborative efforts and group intelligence,” Marzano said. “The Mab is an innovative concept which could be relevant to minimize the daily cleaning efforts of consumers as well as businesses, while maximizing the results”
In addition to winning the competition, Mab also won the People’s Choice Award after it received more than 40 percent of the 4,391 public votes on the Design Lab website.
First prize for winning the competition is 5,000 euros and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. The People’s Choice Award prize is 1,000 euros.
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