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Posts Tagged ‘vacuum cleaner’

postheadericon Neato XV-11 robot vacuum gets its very own open source LIDAR hack

There’s nothing like a little bounty to light a fire under a group of open source fanatics, is there? We saw this principle applied recently when Adafruit offered up cold, hard cash for an Open Source Kinect driver, and now one enterprising reader over at robotbox.net has gone and hacked the LIDAR unit on a Neato XV-11 robot vacuum — and won $401 for the effort. What’s this mean to you? Well, the gentleman (who goes by the nom de hack Hash79) can now read data sent from the optical ranging hardware on the vacuum to a PC. There has been a pretty enthusiastic group of hackers surrounding the device for a while now and now with a little hard work (and a $399 autonomous robot vacuum) you too can have a 360 degree scanning LIDAR with one degree accuracy and a 10Hz refresh rate. Pretty sweet, right? Video after the break.

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Neato XV-11 robot vacuum gets its very own open source LIDAR hack originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon iRobot patents "Celestial Navigation System" for the Roomba

While Roomba’s automated approach to floor cleaning might’ve been novel for its day, its random bumbling is starting to look dated, particularly in comparison to laser-guided, ultra smart vacuums like the Neato XV-11. Well, iRobot is naturally not going to take this lying down, and the company has received a patent for a new “Celestial Navigation System” based on IR beacons bounced off walls and ceilings that the Roomba can track and calculate its position from. It doesn’t sound as fancy as Neato’s completely self-contained system, and it’ll require the setup of multiple beacons throughout the house to make the bot self-sufficient, but we’re guessing it requires less processing and gadgetry on board to pull off — which hopefully means Roomba can stuff this into bots cheaper than Neato’s $400 XV-11. Mint, which was supposed to ship this summer from Evolution Robotics, uses a similar system to the one iRobot is proposing and has a rumored price of under $250.

iRobot patents “Celestial Navigation System” for the Roomba originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Little Spiderman uses vacuum cleaners to climb buildings, win the hearts of the ladies

The enterprising youngster you see above had a dream. A dream to become like his superhero, Spiderman, who isn’t real. Nobody really believed him or thought his ideas about how to achieve his goals were very good, but, as you can see from the photo, he’s got the last laugh. Hibiki Kono, using two cheap, 1,400 watt vacuum cleaners he bought at a grocery store to begin scaling walls of local buildings, and impressing all of his new friends. His mother’s not that into him doing it in the house — she’s afraid he’ll destroy the walls and ceiling — but as you can see from the video below, the sight is pretty impressive.

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Little Spiderman uses vacuum cleaners to climb buildings, win the hearts of the ladies originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Neato XV-11 ships out next month, will assassinate dust bunnies for money

Let’s face it, a geek’s solution to keeping floors clean will typically involve either family members, robots, or a combination of both. For the latter two groups, we’ve got news that Neato’s XV-11 is all set to start shipping this week, with retail and expanded online availability by mid-July. The XV-11’s biggest selling point is a laser-based room mapping system that will theoretically allow it to avoid objects other robo vacuums would detect only by impact. That should also deliver more efficient route planning for the little sucker, while the saved up energy will be channeled into what Neato claims is “the world’s most powerful robotic vacuum system.” Whether such brazen claims are enough to merit your $399, we leave up to you. Sure looks like a mean machine, though.

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Neato XV-11 ships out next month, will assassinate dust bunnies for money originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Jun 2010 04:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Mint automatic floor cleaner up for pre-order, shipping this summer

It’s not like the automatic vacuum cleaner market could get much more crowded, but Evolution Robotics has put an interesting twist on things with its Swiffer-packin’ Mint. If you’ll recall, we saw this guy wiping up the downright disgusting floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center back in January, and now it looks as if production plans are moving along nicely. Equipped with a NorthStar positioning technology that enables it to never hit the same spot twice on the same run, this hardwood sweeper is now up for pre-order. Unfortunately, getting in line requires a non-refundable $20 deposit, but the outlay will be applied to the purchase price and will enable you to snag one of the first shipments this summer (which is significantly more awesome than waiting for it to hit retail shelves in Q4). Don’t worry — your Roomba won’t be too envious.

Mint automatic floor cleaner up for pre-order, shipping this summer originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Apr 2010 05:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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