• Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

    Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

    The Roomba vacuum cleaner is made and sold by the
    company iRobot.  The Roomba was released in 2002
    with updates and new models released in 2003, 2004,
    and so on.  These days, millions of them have been
    sold, making it the most successful and popular
    robotic vacuum cleaner thus far.

    1.  Remote control - This allows you to
    control the Roomba remotely.
    2.  Schedular - This allows you to program
    your Roomba to clean house on your schedule, even if
    you are out.  The schedular can also update a pre-2.1
    Roomba robot to the 2.1 software.
    3.  Homebase - This is where the Roomba will
    automatically return for recharging.
    4.  Virtual wall - This is used for keeping
    the Roomba out of certain areas.
    5.  OSMO - This is a dongle that attaches
    to the serial port of the Roomba.

    The Roomba is a disc, 13 inches in diameter and less
    than 4 inches high.  A large contact sensing bumper
    is mounted on the front half of the unit, with an
    infrared sensor located at the top front center.  A
    carrying handle is fitted at the top of it as well.
    Depending on the model Roomba you select, it can
    come with one or two infrared transmitter units.

    The first and second generation Roomba models
    needed to be told the size of the room through the
    use of three small buttons, although this is now
    no longer required with newer Roomba generations.

    The Roomba operates with internal nickel metal
    hyrdide batteries and requires being recharged on
    a regular basis from a wall plug, although the newer
    generations have a home base where they will
    automatically find and go to when they need to charge

    Using the newer generations of Roomba consists of
    carrying it wherever you would like to start,
    pressing the power button, then pressing either
    clean, spot, or max.

    Whenever the clean, spot, or max button is pressed,
    the Roomba will pause for second or two and then
    begin work.  The contact bumper on the machine
    will detect bumping into walls and furniture, and
    the virtual walls will limit the Roomba to the
    areas that you desire.  There are also 4 infrared
    sensors on the bottom that will prevent the Roomba
    from falling offer of ledges or down the steps.

    Unlike the Electrolux models, the Roomba doesn't
    map out the rooms they are cleaning, as they
    instead rely on bumping into objects or walls to map
    things out.  The design is based on MIT technology
    that robots should be like insects and equipped
    with simple controls mechanisms tuned to their

    After a little bit of time, the Roomba will begin
    to sing. If it detects a homebase, it will try to
    return to it.  At that point, you simply remove
    the dust bin from the rear of the robot and empty
    it into a trash can.

    Keep in mind that the Roomba isn't designed for
    deep pile carpet.  It is however, low enough to
    go under your bed and most other furniture.  If
    at any time it senses that it has become stuck,
    it will no longer sense the floor underneath it,
    it will stop and begin to sing until you come and
    find it.

    If you are tired of vacuuming and simply don't want
    to do it anymore, a Roomba vacuum cleaner will be
    a great investment.  You can sit back and relax, or
    go out and do things while the Roomba does all of
    the vacuuming for you.  There is nothing easier than
    having a Roomba around, as it will help to simplify
    things like never before.


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