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Window-Cleaner Robots  
  Robots that perform the task of cleaning and polishing transparent surfaces.  

The cylindrical ship Rama had enormous lighting strips; how to keep them clean?

There were the "window cleaners," with large padded feet, who were apparently polishing their way the whole length of Rama's six artificial suns. Their enormous shadows, cast right across the diameter of the world, sometimes caused temporary eclipses on the far side.
From Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1972
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The Window Cleaner robots are really "biots", biological robots that have stored energy cells like electric eels.

Compare to Window Willie from Door Into Summer (1956) by Robert Heinlein.

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