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417 pages

Robotics, a reference guide to the new technology

Creator: Joseph A. Angelo | Technology & Engineering - 2007

The iRobot Corporation also makes commercial and industrial robots. In September 2002, the company introduced the RoombaR Vacuuming Robot—a domestic robotic system that can clean hardwood floors and carpets, detect dirt under furniture, ...

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

About this book
Although advanced technologies are the cornerstone of modern life, few people understand how such technologies as robotics or nuclear science actually work. Fewer still realize how--and how dramatically--technology influences our society and culture. Robotics is a reference guide that provides nonspecialists with the most up-to-date information on seminal developments in the technology of robotics, as well as covering the social, political, and technical impacts of those developments on everyday life, both now and in the future. Included in Robotics are chapters on: BL Profiles of Robot Technology Pioneers, Visionaries, and Advocates. BLHow robot technology works. BLImpact of Robotics on broader society. BL Controversial issues involving robotic technology. BL The future of robotic technology. The volume includes a chronology of the technology, a glossary, organizations involved in robotics, and a thorough list of sources for further research.



499 pages

Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

Creator: P. W. Singer | Technology & Engineering - 2009-12-29

iRobot also has a vibrant research team led by Andrew Bennett, who was part of the team that raced to New York on 9/11. ... “I have four boys and two cats and this little 'robot' keeps my rugs and hardwood floors dirt and hair free!

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

About this book
"riveting and comprehensive, encompassing every aspect of the rise of military robotics." --Financial Times In Wired for War, P. W. Singer explores the great­est revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfare. We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amaz­ing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Traveling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalize a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.



408 pages

I, Robot

Creator: Howard S. Smith | Fiction - 2008-09

He hugged the floor. No shots flew out. But a moment later Alpha went crashing down on the floor, catching himself with his right palm, a deafening noise as the metal slapped onto the wood. The whole ship would hear this!

Publisher: Robot Binaries & Pr Corp

About this book
In a near future overshadowed by an escalating threat between North Korea and Japan, Tokyo Police Inspector Suzuki Haruto uncovers evidence of an arms deal between Japan and Israel-a group of Japanese military robots in return for Israeli nuclear weapons and the knowledge behind their testing. Haruto is a humanized robot who must follow his rigid internal code of behavior while at the same time preventing an international disaster and falling in love....


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  • iRobot

    iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $299.99

    Quiet operation and compact shape. Sweeps and mops hard surface floors. Sweep and Mop Mode.
    Keeps on Cleaning- Braava's rechargeable battery cleans for up to 3 hours dry sweeping on a single charge, or up to 2 hours wet mopping
    Knows where not to go- Braava's smart sensors avoid stairs, area rugs and raised transitions to carpet
    Pet-Perfect- Braava is ideal for picking up pet hair every day, but its whisper-quiet operation means your pets won't be bothered while Braava cleans
    Cleans Edges- Perfect Edge technology allows Braava to clean right along walls and edges, and around chair legs and other obstacles for a complete clean


  • iRobot

    iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $199.99

    Low maintenance with no bins to empty of filters to change
    Cleans all hard wood surfaces including vinyl, hardwood and laminate
    Compact robot floor cleaner runs up to 3 hours on a single charge using microfiber cloths or most brands of disposable cloths
    Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished
    Guided by North Star Navigation System to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along a room perimeter


  • iRobot

    iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $499.99

    The included infrared remote allows you to control Roomba without getting up
    It uses sophisticated power management software that results in 50% longer battery life than previous Roomba generations
    It uses a new advanced cleaning head which provides superior performance for picking up pet hair, dirt, dust and more
    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you?re not home
    Dual HEPA filters trap dust, allergens and tiny particulates leaving behind fresh, clean air


  • O-Cedar

    O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner

    Health and Beauty (O-Cedar)
    List Price: $39.99
    Price: $24.99
    You Save: $15.00 (38%)

    Collects and retains dust and hair on an electrostatic disposable cloth
    Runs on rechargeable batteries, no need for cords.
    Uses exclusive, disposable electrostatic cloths
    Refills available on Amazon
    Self rotating duster with automatic navigation


  • iRobot

    iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $599.99

    Scooba Three-Cycle Cleaning Process with pre-soak technology cleans hard floors three times better than ever before. Scooba automatically sweeps & pre-soaks, scrubs, then squeegees your floors, washing away up to 99.3% of bacteria.*
    iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology in the Scooba 450 enables Scooba to find its way around the room, covering every area of floor multiple times, maximizing the removal of grime and stuck-on messes for a complete clean
    Dual-Compartment Tank keeps clean and dirty water separated, so Scooba 450 will never put dirty water back down on your floors.
    Ideal for most hard floor surfaces, including tile, linoleum, stone, and sealed hardwood
    Two Cleaning Options let you choose from a full 40-minute cycle or a 20-minute cycle for smaller spaces.


  • iRobot

    iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $399.99

    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you are not home
    The included Virtual Wall keeps Roomba cleaning where you need it and blocks off-limit areas
    Roomba 650 picks up an amazing amount of dirt, pet hair and other debris with its patented 3 stage cleaning system
    iAdapt is an advanced system of software and sensors that ensures Roomba vacuums every section of your room and cleaning areas you cannot easily reach
    Dirt Detect technology employs an acoustic sensor to identify dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them


  • dealz4real

    iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuum Cleaner - Refurbished

    CE (dealz4real)
    List Price: $379.99

    Compact Home Base for Roomba to dock and recharge when done vacuuming or the battery is low
    Two Auto Virtual Walls create an invisible barrier that blocks Roomba from entering off-limit areas
    On-board scheduling allows you to preset up to seven times per week for Roomba to clean when it's most convenient for you
    Roomba cleans the whole floor, including the areas you see and those you can't


  • iRobot

    Evolution Robotics Mint Plus Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 5200

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (201 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    iRobot

    Works well and hassle free

    I use the Mint 5200 to clean the hardwood floor in a 22'x22' living/dining area and for a separate 9'x15' kitchen. It does an excellent job despite a large number of obstacles like area rugs, cabinets, dining table, side tables etc. It sometime looks like it will get stuck in some narrow weirdly shaped corner, but it always finds it way out and does not seem to skip anything.The Mint 5200 comes with two different cleaning pads, one for dry sweeping and one that has liquid reservoir for wet mopping. A set of two reusable clothes to be used with each pad is also provided. I always use the dry sweep mode first and then do wet afterwards.The setup is pretty straight-forward. The navigation cube goes to corner of the dining table with flashing blue light pointing into the room. Then a cloth is attached to one of the cleaning pads and the Mint is ready to go. Mint first finish the living area, then continue to clean the kitchen before it goes back to its starting... 4/5 FFDR (Chicago, IL, USA) - See all my reviews, November 7, 2011

    Wonderful helper

    We bought the original 4200 mint cleaner a year ago on our laminate flooring and it has been a great helper, no more back breaking manual cleaning under the beds and free us to do other stuff. So we decided to buy the 5200 a month back.and here are the observations:Pro:- Much better battery life than 4200, it now covers a lot more area.- Much reduced battery charging time. It takes 7-8 hours for the 4200, not really an issue if you let it charge overnight. The 5200 charges in about 2 hours. Good for those spring cleaning / emergency visitor days.- The universal charger adapter allows for use around the world (or at least here in Singapore: 230v, 13amp) without need to buy step up or down transformers.- The mopping pad containing a water reservoir is surprisingly simple, elegant and effective. Simplicity is the epitome of good design.- Love their included C batteries, wiping and mopping cloths.- As usual, love the option... 5/5 K - See all my reviews This review is from: Evolution Robotics Mint Plus Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 5200 (Kitchen) We bought the original 4200 mint cleaner a year ago on our laminate flooring and it has been a great helper, no more back breaking manual cleaning under the beds and free us to do other stuff. So we decided to buy the 5200 a month back.and here are the observations:Pro:- Much better battery life than 4200, it now covers a lot more area.- Much reduced battery charging time. It takes 7-8 hours for the 4200, not really an issue if you let it charge overnight. The 5200 charges in about 2 hours. Good for those spring cleaning / emergency visitor days.- The universal charger adapter allows for use around the world (or at least here in Singapore: 230v, 13amp) without need to buy step up or down transformers.- The mopping pad containing a water reservoir is surprisingly simple, elegant and effective. Simplicity is the epitome of good design.- Love their included C batteries, wiping and mopping cloths.- As usual, love the option... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 15, 2011

    Pet-friendly, automated light sweeper/mopper of choice

    The single most important thing to know about the Mint is that it is not a vacuum or a machine meant to do heavy sweeping/mopping. It is more appropriate to consider it anautomated wet or dry swiffer meant to maintain areas with hard flooring. If this is what you're looking for, then you should definitely consider the Mint.Pros1. Quiet for noise-phobic households or pets2. Excellent for keeping up a dust/hair free floor once established3. Can clean under low furniture/beds4. Covered an 800 sq.ft. living space with multiple dividing walls well without missing ANY areas5. Can be paused (unlike the 4200 model Mints), and resumes well.6. Attempts to slow down and/or avoid collisions after an obstacle has been identified.7. Can be used with reusable or consumable sweeping/mopping padsCons1. Not fully autonomous2. Can't cross some normal thresholds3. Has trouble with short mats that have slight... 4/5 PuniTenshu (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews This review is from: Evolution Robotics Mint Plus Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 5200 (Kitchen) The single most important thing to know about the Mint is that it is not a vacuum or a machine meant to do heavy sweeping/mopping. It is more appropriate to consider it anautomated wet or dry swiffer meant to maintain areas with hard flooring. If this is what you're looking for, then you should definitely consider the Mint.Pros1. Quiet for noise-phobic households or pets2. Excellent for keeping up a dust/hair free floor once established3. Can clean under low furniture/beds4. Covered an 800 sq.ft. living space with multiple dividing walls well without missing ANY areas5. Can be paused (unlike the 4200 model Mints), and resumes well.6. Attempts to slow down and/or avoid collisions after an obstacle has been identified.7. Can be used with reusable or consumable sweeping/mopping padsCons1. Not fully autonomous2. Can't cross some normal thresholds3. Has trouble with short mats that have slight... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 27, 2012
    List Price: $349.99
    Square shape cleans all the way into corners
    Cleans up to 4 hours on a single charge - fast charging
    Compact size gets under furniture and other hard to reach places
    Includes Pro-Clean System
    Low maintenance - no bins to empty or filters to replace - and whisper quiet


  • O-Cedar

    Dual Action Microfiber Flip Mop

    Home (O-Cedar)
    List Price: $19.99
    Price: $14.33
    You Save: $5.66 (28%)

    Is eco-friendly and machine washable up to 100 times
    Double sided Microfiber & Chenille for wet and dry cleaning
    Is compatible with theDual Action Flip Mop Refill item #132590
    Mop Head rotates 360 degrees
    Use & Care Instructions: Use dry: Attracts and holds dirt, dust and hair for a thorough clean. Use damp: Cleans effectively without chemicals. To use damp, mist the floor using a spray bottle or remove pad off of base, rinse and wring by hand, and re-attach. Pad is machine or hand washable up to 100 times. Lay flat to dry. For best results do not use bleach or fabric softener and make sure Velcro® is attached before washing. Refills available. Change refill every three to six months for best results.


  • iRobot

    Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (807 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    iRobot

    Fantastic cleaning robot!

    I must say, I'm impressed with the mapping system on this little guy. I have a very large (20'X20') open living room/kitchen area giving plenty of obstacles to confuse it. There's a staircase (which it deftly avoids), an island, a kitchen table with chairs, a couch and a number of tables for it to go under, an area rug and a piece of curved beveled glass on the floor that serves as a stand for a fireplace (which it surprisingly does not ride up on). Also, the room is overall "U" shaped with several entryways. This is the only robotic cleaner that has been able to figure this room out in its entirety. Other things to note is the room has a large fan and high, sloped ceilings and it can still find it's way.My Roomba did terribly. It would get stuck in one section, the Neato XV was OK but would miss some parts. This thing does a great job of freshening up the floor and getting at just about everything due to it's small size!One thing I did not know is the Mint... 5/5 Ryan Mckenney - See all my reviews, September 9, 2010

    Mint v Roomba: Which is hte Better Sucker

    The short version, for those reading many reviews quickly is this; the Mint has many advantages over the Roomba on a feature for feature basis. But at the end of the day, the Roomba is the better product and picked up a LOT more pet hair.Here's the longer version with the gory details:Both of these are great innovations. True, the Mint is far quieter, cheaper and cooler looking than the Roomba. It is also easier/cheaper to maintain. But the Roomba gets more dust off the floor, despite the fact that the Mint can get under places Roomba can not, and Roomba returns to its base for a re-charge on it's own, as needed. The Mint just dies in place.The guy on here who's review said that he sent his Roomba on a mission and then sent the Mint after it to discover dirt the Roomba missed, would have had the same result if he performed the experiment in reverse. I know b/c I did just that. these two devices clean differently, so any comparison is useless... 2/5 dusthater - See all my reviews This review is from: Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200 (Kitchen) The short version, for those reading many reviews quickly is this; the Mint has many advantages over the Roomba on a feature for feature basis. But at the end of the day, the Roomba is the better product and picked up a LOT more pet hair.Here's the longer version with the gory details:Both of these are great innovations. True, the Mint is far quieter, cheaper and cooler looking than the Roomba. It is also easier/cheaper to maintain. But the Roomba gets more dust off the floor, despite the fact that the Mint can get under places Roomba can not, and Roomba returns to its base for a re-charge on it's own, as needed. The Mint just dies in place.The guy on here who's review said that he sent his Roomba on a mission and then sent the Mint after it to discover dirt the Roomba missed, would have had the same result if he performed the experiment in reverse. I know b/c I did just that. these two devices clean differently, so any comparison is useless... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 7, 2010

    Beware False Hopes

    First: notice the 5-star rating that I have given this.I agree with all of the 5-star reviewers: this product is worth the price (have had it about 6 weeks now). I have used it on vinyl (Congoleum/linoleum) floors, tile floors and wooden floors. It works well on all of them. Time will tell more.However, rather than repeat what others have said, I will describe some aspects that might disappoint you when/if you buy it, but these do not outweigh the benefits.- This does NOT do a deep clean. That takes elbow grease and this, naturally, is not heavy enough to scrub that well (you wouldn't want it to be that heavy). You will have to do a deep clean first. The Mint will then maintain that clean floor. I use it about once a week.- The designers did a generally good job, except for the week when they all took vacation at once and let the janitor decide where to put the charging port. Believe or not, these idiots put the port in a spot on the... 5/5 Careful Reviewer - See all my reviews This review is from: Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200 (Kitchen) First: notice the 5-star rating that I have given this.I agree with all of the 5-star reviewers: this product is worth the price (have had it about 6 weeks now). I have used it on vinyl (Congoleum/linoleum) floors, tile floors and wooden floors. It works well on all of them. Time will tell more.However, rather than repeat what others have said, I will describe some aspects that might disappoint you when/if you buy it, but these do not outweigh the benefits.- This does NOT do a deep clean. That takes elbow grease and this, naturally, is not heavy enough to scrub that well (you wouldn't want it to be that heavy). You will have to do a deep clean first. The Mint will then maintain that clean floor. I use it about once a week.- The designers did a generally good job, except for the week when they all took vacation at once and let the janitor decide where to put the charging port. Believe or not, these idiots put the port in a spot on the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 21, 2010
    List Price: $199.99
    Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished
    Guided by North Star Navigation System to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along room perimeter
    Compact robot floor cleaner runs up to 3 hours on single charge using microfiber cloths or most brands of disposable cloths
    Measures 9.6 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep by 3.1 inches high; 1-year warranty
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change


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