Wall-E Exists, And He Is Italian!

June 17, 2009 / Local Interest
Pisa
dustbot1While walking through the streets of Pisa as of April this year, you might have encountered five foot tall green unidentified moving objects. Indeed, these creatures are not humans. No need to panic however: the wide eyed, smiling Dustbots come in peace.

Created by the students at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (a university research institute for applied sciences), these robots share many commonalities with their Disney friend. Like Wall-E, they have a pouch that can hold and sort different kinds of waste. The touch screen makes them easy to use, and their reassuring look will convince even the messiest kids to clean up.

dustbot2The next time you decide to have a party, consider Pisa as a possible setting. After all, where else will someone help you throw out all the empty bottles and residue of hardened lasagna? One phone call and a Dustbot, like super heroes the world over, will come to the rescue, avoiding obstacles thanks to the combination of the GPS system and special beacons and sensors that determine its position to the centimeter. (That said, don’t throw yourself at him. After all, he weighs 1.5 tons!)

If, after the dinner, you and your friends still have some energy left to explore the town, Dustbot also provides private-concierge services, providing you with all the information needed to fully enjoy the city.

Greetings, sentient self-navigating garbage can/concierge! dustbot3

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by Valentina Nesci

— Contributed by Valentina Nesci, writer, American University of Rome Senior, Italian Notebook Editorial Intern.

6 Responses to “Wall-E Exists, And He Is Italian!”

  1. HOW MANY WALL-E ARE THERE? WHAT IS THE COST OF THESE ROBOTS?
    IS PISA THE ONLY CITY WITH WALL-E?
    MANY HOSPITALS HERE IN THE USA USE THIS TYPE OF ROBOTS DISTRIBUTING
    MEDICATIONS TO VARIOUS UNITS.
    THE FUTURE IS HERE!!!

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  2. jojo

    My mother always insisted on our neatness, so Wall-E, or is it Walliamino?, has been well tutored!

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  3. Ian Zurzolo
    Ian Zurzolo

    Wow! Who knew Italy could be so futuristic! Very cool discovery.

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  4. Jack Brunswick

    OKAY, OKAY, Dustbot can get even the messiest kids to tidy up. Great! But, tell me, can he also get that Tower to straighten up?

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  5. Ben & Sally Coletti

    Wow, this is so cooool! Will check it out one day soon!

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