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It's a beautiful thing when designers take inspiration from nature to craft their products, whether it be the aesthetics of floral perfection or the intricate mechanisms of life itself. However, when Panasonic chose the humble inchworm as their muse for the Fukitorimushi domestic robot, this particular inspiration ensured they definitely cleaned up in the creepy stakes.

Incorporating Teijin's nano technology for the non-slip, super-cleany cover, Panasonic created Fukitorimushi to mimic the inchworm's distictive locomotion as a potentially successful method of floor cleaning. Teamed with its flashing sensors which glow red when they come into contact with worrying levels of filth, the robotic pillowcase/inchworm hybrid will work away at it until it achieves a level of cleanliness acceptable to itself. When Fukitorimushi's work is done, it will even find its way back to its home on the charging station.

Cute as it is, I can't help but imagine a Screamers-style 'autonomous mobile cleaner' scenario some way in the future...Shh, the silence of (domestic) space is about to be shattered...

Via: CrunchGear