SunnyBot Tracks The Sun To Reflect Sunlight And Heat Your Home

Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home
SunnyBot is a microcomputer-powered robot that continually tracks the position of the sun, angling its on-board mirror so that it keeps reflecting the sun’s rays onto a fixed point of your choice. The basic idea being to harness solar energy for use as an indoor light-source when rooms might otherwise be in shade, or to target the sun’s heat where it’s needed — for warming a room or heating a swimming pool or nurturing indoor plants, and so on.

This neat little robot, now gathering funding on Kickstarter, is designed to focus the sun’s rays on a particular spot, casting a bright glow that’s very similar to a lamp…only you don’t have to plug it in. In addition to lowering your energy bills, SunnyBot’s creators claim it can provide free heat, kill bacteria, and even boost indoor plant growth.

SUNNYBOT brings you natural light
Sunny is an autonomous robot, trained to redirect the sun into places it otherwise might not be able to reach. “As the sun moves across the sky, SunnyBot will know to rotate its mirror, drenching the target with the warm glow of sunlight,” explain the designers.  A single SunnyBot redirects 7,000 lumens to the location of your choice (equivalent to a single 500W halogen lamp). The reflective range of the device is up to 200 metres away, with an accuracy error margin of as little as 0.1 meter over 30 meters.

Inside the sun-tracking mirror-wielding bot, itself powered by a row of solar cells, is a dual-axis, integrated microcomputer with an optical feedback system. The current SunnyBot design is a prototype, so its technical specifications will be tweaked as the startup moves to industrial production, with additional elements intended to be added to the design to improve durability, such as a custom enclosure for the mirror to support and contain it, and also the use of injection moulding for high quality body and mechanical parts.

SunnyBot will be assembled in Italy, with macro components produced in different locations, including the electronic boards in Cambridge, U.K.; microcontrollers in Arizona, U.S.; and mechanical parts in Modena, Italy. The consumer cost per bot looks likely to be several hundred pounds. There are a limited number of Kickstarter pledges costing £199 ($310) which include one device.


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Write by: RC - Monday, July 1, 2013

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