"Cubeful Automated Storage System"
Cubeful Automated Storage System (CASS)
Since the dawn of man’s ability to shape flint rocks into tools,
toys and books, mankind has been plagued by a constant problem that
has only grown with the increasing consumerism of today’s
society: where does one store all of this “stuff?” Back in
caveman times, this was not as big of an issue for rock-based items
tended to all look the same and it didn’t make much of a difference if
you could not find a specific one because rocks tended to be
everywhere. Nowadays though it is not very helpful if one needs a
specific colored potholder when all that one can find are pan holders!
To cope with this problem, we as a race have invented equipment that
assist us in our ability to store our personal items such as shelves,
filing cabinets, drawers, closets, little boxes that allow us to label
them so we know what is inside of them. The problem with these
inventions though is that it still takes a high degree o forganization
to utilize these structures in a mannaer that actually makes life
easier. Most items that are supposed to orgianize life fail
because it requires that the user be organized themselves.
Bookshelves are very handy if the books are placed back neatly in
alphabetical order with the spine facing outward and right side up, but
the instant that books are placed sideways, next to video tapes, and
food items, then they purpose of the bookshelf becomes moot. All
that shelves, cabinets, and drawers do is allow us to expand form the
cameman habit of throwing all things o0n the floor, these items just
create more surface for us to throw our stuff on.
A truly useful storage system would not require that the user be
responsible for being organized. Imagine simply a cube, just a
plain cube withourt anything complicated attached to it be a square
hole on the top. Ideally, one whould just throw the item to be
stored into the hole, type a name for what it is and then away the item
would go! Out of sight, out of minde, until it is needed again,
that is. When the item needs to be retrieved, the user would
siply press the button that corresponds to the named aobject and
suddenly there it would appear in the opening of the cube. Even a
hightly organized person could benefid from such a system, allowing
them to relax and spend more time doing useful things like fishing or
Right now you are probably asking yourself whether such an amazing
dream machine eists, and the answer is YES! Although it sounds
too good to be true, The Cubeful Automated Storage System does all
these things! Suddenly, where before there were cluttered tables,
messy desks and overhead shelves, all is replaced by a sing,e sleek
piece of furniture that stores all of your items and serves a s a fancy
saddition to your household rooms. Imagine the surprise of your
friends as you call up from your CASS any of your possessions on deman,
which usually would have take hours of rummaging through boxes and
trunks to find. The CASS can store practically anything:
silverware, books, CD’s letters, clothes, and shows, the possibilities
are endless and you do not have to worry about storing different types
of items in the same CASS because the clever automated storage system
ensures that your possessions never get mixed up. This is the
beauty of the CASS.
How to use the CASS
On the top of the Cubeful is an opening. Take the item to be
stored and place it within the opening, making sure that no part of the
item sticks out of the hole. At the computer interface, simply
type the name fo the item and hit enter. The item will then be
moved away, into the Cubeful.
To retrieve an item, call up the storage map which shows all the named
items within the CASS. Choose which item from the screen that you
want an within seonds, the item will appear at the opening.
Items can also be given a priority number, with the most used item
given a priority number of one and the least used given a priority
number of eight. Through the interface, the priority for each
item can be determined, and then The Cubeful will rearrange the boxes
so that the most used ones will be the quickest to retrieve.
How the CASS works
Figure 2 shows the basic working of the CASS. Capable of moving
in the Three-Dimensions an index point moves about, under the
boxes. On topf o fhtis index points is a series of three magnets,
that correspond to magnets beneath the storage boxes. When given
a command to retrieve an item, the Cubeful moves underneath the
corresponding boxes, moves upward to pick it up, and carries it down
the main path to the deposit point, ready for you to retrieve. At
this point, the user may place something else in the box, and The
Cubeful will move the bo to ist position.
The priority system works by positioning the highest priority boxes
closer to the deposit point. To rearrange th boxes, The Cubeful
uses the deposit point as a go-between so that boxes may be
repositioned in their correct priority position.