Hardwood floors and snow are a bit like oil and water.  Needless to say, it’s not the actual snow, but the sand that the city’s plows dump on the street and sidewalks that get dragged inside.  Sand on hardwood, wedged between a show can cause the surface to wear off, leaving exposed wood that retains dirt and no longer boasts that attractive finished look. But with the investment of $6,000, this problem may be no more.

A Japanese designer named Paionia Furyokuki has developed the first vacuum floormat.  We know, it sounds a bit out there, but price aside it’s actually something we’d might buy if we happened upon it in the aisles of Bed Bath and Beyond.  You see, embedded into the mat are  set of valves that when stepped on break a seal and allows the vacuums suction to pull dirt and debris from the sole of your shoe.  So if you step in sand, saw dust, or salt, and provided it’s not caked on like mud, this mat should suck it off into its retaining bin.

So you probably a bit concerned about the power consumption.  In other words is it green?  Using as simple motion detector, the vacuum only engages when it detects someone approaching.  When it does, it automatically flips on the power and provides the necessary suction for the mat to do its magic.

Unfortunately, we don’t expect to see these at Costo, Bed Bath, or any store in the US anytime soon.  But perhaps there is hope for a DIY project.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."