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'Space balls' keep your apartment dust free

By Philip Kendall

What is it with Japan and weird cleaning devices today? No sooner have we received news of a remote-controlled “awesome mop” and driveable dustbin than these fluffy little creatures turn up intent on keeping our homes clean.

Going by the moniker Mocoro (a play on the word "marimo," a round, fluffy moss ball, and "korokoro" the onomatopoeic word for a rolling object) these new time savers/lazifiers from Japanese home appliance company CCP are designed to roll around your room picking up dust while you put your feet up.

Costing 3,980 yen and scheduled for a Feb 14 release, these creatures “from space” are available in a choice of three colors: pink, orange and green.

After inserting three AAA batteries, the white motor-operated inner-ball is then slipped inside its fuzzy fibre mop case. Flick the switch and it’ll be on its way, rolling around your room picking up dust for the next 15 minutes.

Thanks to its small size, the Mocoro can fit into tight spaces, eradicating those dust-bunny burrows under your bed and even slipped beneath most sofas. After it has finished zipping about the place and crashing into things, the unit comes to a halt whereupon the collected dust can be removed from the ball’s cover, readying it for another day on patrol. Replacement covers cost 580 yen each.

Source: Yahoo! Japan News

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May the schwartz be with you!

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My cats are gonna love this...

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Look, your Mom is not coming over to clean your dusty, filthy apartment. Use a mop, scrub the floors, with force, until they are spotless, and THEN play all you like with your dustball thingie. If you get much dust on it, go back to step one. You didn't do a good enough job.

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your cats are either going to get electrocuted, or you will soon have a 3980Y non-functioning dustball thingie.

or both.

at least if it was my cats that's what would happen. most cat toys I bought last no more than 3 mos.

Too bad, because I have more than enough dust for the dustball thingie, farm boy, and his mom to clean up. Futons + tsuchi kabe+ cats + bachelor = hokori.

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I want one of those ^^!

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Like a pink version of the soot sprites from Totoro... can you get them in black with eyes?

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4,000 yen for a ball that will pick up maybe 1/50 of all the dust and dirt in my home? Hee hee!

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My thoughts exactly. 1/50 might be a bit of an exaggeration, though....

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