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A Robotic Snow Blower

Samuel Bouchard
by Samuel Bouchard. Last updated on Apr 01, 2015 11:24 AM
Posted on Jan 13, 2008 1:33 PM. 1 min read time
robot snow blower

When brainstorming on a concept for a future robotics company in Quebec, the question was, “what niche can we develop using our specialized knowledge?” One answer that quickly came to mind was a robotic snow blower. The idea wasn’t taken seriously, as the problem seemed too complicated for the potential returns. The Japanese company, Yuki-taro, thought otherwise (see above photo and video). The robot doesn’t throw the snow; it makes blocks of ice instead. They are aiming to reduce the price to $8000 within five years. I’m eager to see how it will handle storms like the last one - that would make a huge pile of blocks!

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A simpler robot idea for our northern climate would be to create an automated Zamboni.

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Samuel Bouchard
Written by Samuel Bouchard
Samuel is CEO and co-founder of Robotiq. His mission is to free human hands from repetitive tasks. He is also the author of Lean Robotics: A Guide to Making Robots Work in Your Factory. He lives in Québec City with his wife and four children.
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