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Suction Mat Cleans Shoe Soles

A suction mat developed by Paionia Furyokuki removes dirt from the soles of shoes. All the user needs to do is stand on the mat.

"So far, mats have often been rented to users, and if they get dirty, the user replaces or cleans them. But with our product, the mat itself suctions dirt, so the mat is always clean. This mat has an unusual concept, as the mat itself stops dirt from being carried into a building, by cleaning people's shoes."

Each mat is 50 cm wide and 1 m long. Here, four identical mats are used side by side.

"The orange part is just a stand that's used here to hide the suction hose. So basically, the system consists of the mat, the cleaner, the hose, front and back slopes, and a sensor. The sensor detects a person approaching, and turns on the cleaner. This mat doesn't need installation work; it can be used as soon as it's put in place."

A set including a mat, risers, hose, and cleaner is available for 500,000 yen in Japan ($6,250). The mats are available in three different shapes; the price is the same for each.

"We haven't done enough publicity yet, so we don't have much recognition. But we think this mat could be used in all sorts of places worldwide. First of all, we'd like to let people know this product exists, to increase the range of opportunities."

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