Mint Plus

Prize2nd Place in Media And Home Electronics / Robotics
Entry Description

Mint Plus is an automatic floor-cleaning robot designed exclusively for hard surface floors. Convenience and simplicity is core to Mint Plus. The product only has 3 buttons. Cloths are easily attached to a removable pad, which snaps back into place magnetically. Once the cloth is attached and Mint Plus is on, it’s a one-button operation: place it on the floor and press start. Most cleaning appliances on the market focus on functionality. The design of such products typically does not take into consideration how it would fit into a family’s décor, or more specifically, how it reflects the sense of beauty and pride many mothers and wives take in their environment. Mint Plus is designed to be seen instead of used and put away. Mint Plus starts by cleaning open areas, moving methodically back and forth across the floor in parallel lines. Mint Plus uses the NorthStar Navigation System, which works like an indoor GPS that helps Mint Plus keep track of where it has been and where it needs to go. Specifically, the NorthStar Cube projects a signal that Mint uses to determine its location. As Mint Plus starts cleaning, it builds a map of the area as it goes, marking walls, obstacles and drop offs as it encounters them. When Mint is finished cleaning, it returns to where it started and parks itself so you know right where to find it. If using Mint Plus on larger areas, there is an interchangeable reservoir pad that slowly and consistently dispenses water to the moping pad, so that it doesn’t dry out. The Mint Plus does what it is supposed to do and does it well. No timers, no scheduling, no multi function buttons. Both the interface of the product and the physical aspects are intuitive to use.