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Robotic gutter cleaner
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I came up with this idea last year when I was 9. It's a robotic gutter cleaner, sort of like the robot vacuum cleaner, except it attaches to the gutters of your house and blows out the debris. It follows the gutters like a train track and cleans out the leaves and stuff.
jakery, Apr 06 2005

I don't know if they built it. http://www.youngeng...CelofEngResults.htm
Idea probably originated at same time jakery thought of his. Look at bottom under Best Project for the Built Environment. [Zimmy, Apr 06 2005]

iRobot Looj https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRobot#Looj
Came out two years after this idea, and has since been discontinued. Also, doesn't use vacuum/blowing. But it was also invented by a young person. [notexactly, Dec 06 2018]

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       ...but bad for your feet. (Ray looks around at personal lego collection laying on the floor of his home office).   

       Real sentences, no mispellings, and a generally good idea. + Now all it needs is to be categorized.
RayfordSteele, Apr 06 2005
  

       what if ppl come in its way , while its cleaning the gutter?
FedBak, Apr 06 2005
  

       what is needed is some sort of low-key technology and cheep power. something on a track that the pigeons could move about?
po, Apr 06 2005
  

       pigeons don't have knees do they?
po, Apr 06 2005
  

       //what if ppl come in its way // People shouldn't be in the gutters. You should be worried about the people (or ppl, if u txt) walking below, showered with soggy decomposing leaves.
The UK NetworkRail solution would be a robot that fells all the trees within 100 metres of your house.
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" Oscar Wilde.
coprocephalous, Apr 06 2005
  

       Hey, where are our manners? Welcome to the bakery, jakery, and congratulations on a good first idea.
david_scothern, Apr 06 2005
  

       Hi [jakery] and welcome. Would this be solar powered, or could it compost the leaves to make methane? Either way, have a bun.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 06 2005
  

       Maybe you could train a ferret to run up the drainpipe and along the gutter. To the ferret you attach a device like a plough that turns the leaves over the edge of the gutter. Training the ferret would require some investment of time, but you could hire him out when trained.
wagster, Apr 06 2005
  

       I'm going to train my ferret to eat pigeons! Mwahahaha etc.
wagster, Apr 06 2005
  

       I think that a special team of trained moles should be able to clean up in this industry. Unless industrial espionage puts a stop to the profits by diluting the trade secrets regarding the training of the moles. Be alert, if you spot that sort of thing happening, even underground.
Ian Tindale, Apr 06 2005
  

       The moles will be hard pushed to match the productivity of my ferrets. Ferret top speed: 5.63mph and they can keep a secret.
wagster, Apr 06 2005
  

       Weight for weight, moles eat more than any other animal. I think 3 times their body weight per day. If you can convince the moles that leaves taste like worms & grubs..... maybe a worm & grub spray.
macncheesy, Apr 06 2005
  

       Having ferret-sat for a vacationing friend recently, I couldn’t help but notice its love for pool balls. This was most notable when I was trying to play, but frequently, the little weasel would play all by himself. Just toss a couple balls in the gutter with a ferret - that’ll do the trick.
Shz, Apr 06 2005
  

       //the little weasel would play all by himself// <tries to imagine a ferret playing pool> How did he hold the cue? </ttiafpp>
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 06 2005
  

       Nice. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Apr 06 2005
  

       Excellent idea. Power source is immaterial, although solar would seem to be the simplest.   

       Best part of this idea is that it doesn't require a complete redesign of everything we know about gutters, nor does it find a way to limit the efficacy of gutters the way shields do.
shapu, Apr 06 2005
  

       [jakery], great idea. It's too bad you didn't have someone to help you build it. Someone won 1000 Pounds (approx $2000) for this idea.
Zimmy, Apr 06 2005
  

       //How did he hold the cue?//   

       He seemed to think that jumping off the light and attacking the balls is acceptable play. He also considers biting your toes while you’re sleeping fair game... little weasel.
Shz, Apr 06 2005
  

       [jakery], I had no intention of derailing your enthusiasm for the quest of the better and new.
I mostly wanted to demonstrate the value some of the world puts on unique & forward thinking.
Please keep cognicising & post us on any like strikes of genius.
Zimmy, Apr 07 2005
  

       great idea - follow the path, newbies...
po, Apr 09 2005
  

       + The gutter snipe.   
      
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