Today's post is about our new (to us) Roomba vacuum cleaning robot. As an elecrical/software engineer I spent much of my early career working on automation, computer controlled machines and even some robotics. I thought it would be fun to have a little robot in the house.
The Roomba is made by made by iRobot, a leader in the development and manufacture of mobile robots.
I purchased a lightly used 780 and got it yesterday.
The 780 comes with the Roomba robot, a docking/charging station, two 'invisible fence' units, a remote control and some miscellaneous accessories for cleaning the brushes.
The Roomba has infrared sensors that look down at the floor and detect drop-offs (like stairs). These work very well and the robot cleaned the Great Room and entry area without falling down the stairs.
One problem, however, is the black carpet in the hallway. The black color fools the sensors into thinking its at a ledge and the robot refuses to travel down the hall.
The Great Room and kitchen is basically a big rectangle but there are numerous obstacles such as the island and the furniture. It takes the robot a long time to randomly cover the entire area but it does seem to hit it all eventually. The robot will run for 2-4 hours on a full charge so it does clean the entire room.
When it's done, it navigates back to it's docking station and recharges.
It's fun to watch the little guy wander around the room. Overall, I'm happy with the new addition to our family.