A Roomba-Like Cleaner was Patented in 1957

Share this:

Home robots are still an amazing concept, especially for people who grew up watching episodes of “The Jetsons” on television. Roombas were first introduced in 2002, and over 15 million units have been sold worldwide as of this writing. While many people are delighted by their autonomous robot vacuum, most people don’t know that a robot vacuum was first envisioned in the 1950s.

Donald G. Moore patented a robot floor cleaner in 1957. It was controlled by a central console that only required the press of a button to activate the cleaner. The robot would appear and had the functionality to both vacuum and mop your kitchen floor. Unfortunately, a working version of the robot was never built or released to the public.

Watch the robot in action in this promotional film for the RCA Whirlpool “Miracle Kitchen” in 1959 (the robot floor cleaner appears at 11:50):

Source: The Retrofuturist.


Related Posts

White Supremacists Once Overthrew a US City Government Although it's hard to believe now, in 1898 a group of white supremacists seized power of the municipal government in Wilmington, North Carolina follow...
The “States’ Rights” Term Conservatives Frequently Use Ha... During the 2008 presidential election, both members of the Republican ticket, John McCain Sarah Palin, said that they were advocates of "states' right...
Before Becoming President, Ronald Reagan Was a Paid Cigarette Model Long before Ronald Reagan was the governor of California or the 40th president of the United States, he made money posing in cigarette advertisements....
The White House Sported Solar Panels Until Reagan Removed Them in 1986 Believe it or not, there was a time when the White House was partially-powered by solar panels! But that didn't last, as they were taken down only a f...

Share this: