Robots Come and Go, But Some Trades May Always Be Manual

The Winbot 7 versus Patrick J. Shields, Window Washer

Friday, February 08, 2013

Advertised as the first full-service window washing robot, the Winbot 7 is a kind of Roomba for your windows. Winbot’s manufacturers say the machine is just a few iterations away from scaling the walls of the city’s high-rise apartments.

But can a robot really replace a real, live window washer? Patrick J. Shields, a 25-year window washer and owner of Shields Window Cleaning, says no way. Shields says window cleaning robots come along every few years, but they never adequately address the quality control and safety issues.


Patrick J. Shields

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Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

the quality will be inferior, but the robots will take over doing all windows... because of cost...Fortunately, your guest will be retired by then.

Feb. 08 2013 01:24 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

As long as there are bosses who like to put down their employees the labor force will never have to worry about being replaced by something that can't cry.

Feb. 08 2013 09:59 AM
Ann V. Randall from Adams Run, SC

You were speaking of letter-writing moments ago: how timely, I just this morning wrote almost twenty Valentine cards to family and friends. Having a blank card and/or paper to express feelings that you often do not verbalize is so rewarding for the writer, and I often picture the recipient of those cards opening the card and watch a smile cross their face.
Thank you very much.

Feb. 08 2013 09:42 AM

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