There are robots to clean your floors and robots to mow your lawn. Now there’s a robot to wash your windows.
The Winbot 7 moistens, squeegees and dries windows automatically. The gadget, from Ecovacs Robotics, can also clean mirrors and glass doors, railings and shower stalls, with or without frames. It cannot be used on windows smaller than 24 inches high and 18 inches wide, or on textured glass or other glass with an uneven surface.
The device has a vacuum pump and dual suction rings to keep it adhered to the glass, but a safety pod is included for use when cleaning the outside of windows above ground level. The safety pod attaches to the Winbot’s power cord and catches it if it falls.
The Winbot 730, the model currently available in the Winbot 7 series, is available from the SkyMall and Sharper Image catalogs and websites. The suggested retail price is $399.
ON THE SHELF
Some people just seem born to entertain. The rest of us need a little guidance.
Susan Spungen is here to help with What’s a Hostess to Do? 313 Ideas and Inspirations for Effortless Entertaining (Artisan Books, $17.95 in paperback).
Spungen is a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a culinary consultant and food stylist on the films Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated and Eat, Pray, Love. Her book takes readers through all the steps involved in throwing a successful party, from sending out the invitations to setting up a bar and gracefully breaking away from a conversation. The book even covers such post-party issues as using up leftovers and cleaning silver.
The book provide tips and ideas for a variety of types of parties — cocktail gatherings, sit-down dinners, holiday feasts and more. Recipes for 121 party foods are included.