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UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing, 9th International Conference, UbiComp 2007, Innsbruck, Austria, September 16-19, 2007. Proceedings

Creator: John Krumm | Computers - 2007

In actuality, Roombas make a series of sounds to communicate the start and end of their cleaning cycles, as well as communicating success, failure and repairs required. None of these sounds are human (taking the form of beeps instead).



306 pages

The robotics primer

Creator: Maja J. Matarić | Technology & Engineering - 2007-09-30

Roomba users already refuse to have their Roombas replaced when they need repair , insisting on getting the same one back. What happens when the robot is much more interesting, intelligent, and engaging than the Roomba?

Publisher: Mit Pr

About this book
The Robotics Primer offers a broadly accessible introduction to robotics for students at pre-university and university levels, robot hobbyists, and anyone interested in this burgeoning field. The text takes the reader from the most basic concepts (including perception and movement) to the most novel and sophisticated applications and topics (humanoids, shape-shifting robots, space robotics), with an emphasis on what it takes to create autonomous intelligent robot behavior. The core concepts of robotics are carried through from fundamental definitions to more complex explanations, all presented in an engaging, conversational style that will appeal to readers of different backgrounds. The Robotics Primer covers such topics as the definition of robotics, the history of robotics ("Where do Robots Come From?"), robot components, locomotion, manipulation, sensors, control, control architectures, representation, behavior ("Making Your Robot Behave"), navigation, group robotics, learning, and the future of robotics (and its ethical implications). To encourage further engagement, experimentation, and course and lesson design, The Robotics Primer is accompanied by a free robot programming exercise workbook that implements many of the ideas on the book on iRobot platforms. The Robotics Primer is unique as a principled, pedagogical treatment of the topic that is accessible to a broad audience; the only prerequisites are curiosity and attention. It can be used effectively in an educational setting or more informally for self-instruction. The Robotics Primer is a springboard for readers of all backgrounds--including students taking robotics as an elective outside the major, graduate students preparing to specialize in robotics, and K-12 teachers who bring robotics into their classrooms.Maja J Mataric [acute accent over c] is Professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, where she is also Codirector of the Robotics Research Lab and Senior Associate Dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering.



576 pages

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Creator: Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels, Stephen P. Stich | Philosophy - 2012-01-10

... concentrating on building domain-specific systems and on sub-goals such as self-organization, self-repair, and reliability. ... tiny flickers of intelligence here and there in applications like Roombas [the iRobot vacuum cleaner], ...

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

About this book
The philosophy of cognitive science is concerned with fundamental philosophical and theoretical questions connected to the sciences of the mind. How does the brain give rise to conscious experience? Does speaking a language change how we think? Is a genuinely intelligent computer possible? What features of the mind are innate? Advances in cognitive science have given philosophers important tools for addressing these sorts of questions; and cognitive scientists have, in turn, found themselves drawing upon insights from philosophy-insights that have often taken their research in novel directions. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science brings together twenty-one newly commissioned chapters by leading researchers in this rich and fast-growing area of philosophy. It is an indispensible resource for anyone who seeks to understand the implications of cognitive science for philosophy, and the role of philosophy within cognitive science.


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  • Roomba iRobot

    Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 Series Cliff Sensor / Bumper Sensor Assembly

    Home (Roomba iRobot)

    Rating (24 reviews):
    (4.9/5)
    Roomba iRobot

    Easiest "circle dance" repair!!

    0 5/5 AmazonAddict - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 Series Cliff Sensor / Bumper Sensor Assembly (Kitchen) I did state this was the easiest repair for your Roomba doing the 9 beep circle dance. But it is not an easy repair however you attempt to do it. This method is certainly easier than trying to repair the bumper sensors by replacing the transmitter chip. CaSino 187 delivers what is promised...the bumper sensor/cliff sensor assembly. No instructions are included. But there is plenty of on-line help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=x25YlTMeEHM&feature=fvwp is an easy to follow video of disassembling / reassembling the Roomba. Watch this as you go (use the "pause" button frequently), take your time and you can repair your Roomba. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 20, 2013

    Simple, Cost-effective Fix

    0 5/5 Thomas P Booth - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 Series Cliff Sensor / Bumper Sensor Assembly (Kitchen) I ordered this part because my 500-series roomba started doing the infamous "Circle dance". I had shopped around for other solutions that required soldering the new bumper sensors in and at a much higher price point. Installing this new assembly did the trick and my second-hand Roomba is now happily doing whatever I bid it to do.This upgrade is definitely not for the faint-of-heart. To successfully get the bumper assembly installed, you will need to take 90% of your Roomba apart, at about 20-30 screws to remove / replace during the entire process. All-in-all, I needed about an hour and a half to get everything done. If your moderately handy, then a quick google search: "roomba bumper sensor repair" will yield the instructions you need to get the job done. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 19, 2012

    Fixed!!

    After reading everyone's reviews, I was confident this was going to fix our 560's 9 beep/ circle dance problem. I was a little unsure of my abilities to do the repair job myself, however. I'd say I'm tech-savvy, but not mechanically tech-savvy (if that makes any sense). I'd never worked with the internal components of any electrical device in the past, and I was nervous about breaking something on the motherboard. After watching the video that someone on here linked to (THANK YOU, by the way!), I felt it was something I could handle if I took my time. I set out a bunch of ramekins for screws and labeled each dish as I went along. This seemed to help keep things in order. After about an hour and 45 minutes, Roomba was back together. I nervously pushed the "Clean" button and could not stop smiling when I saw it take off through the room. (Might have even done a little happy dance...)So happy to have Roomba back! :)FYI: The package took quite some time... 5/5 schwan2 (Boston, MA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 Series Cliff Sensor / Bumper Sensor Assembly (Kitchen) After reading everyone's reviews, I was confident this was going to fix our 560's 9 beep/ circle dance problem. I was a little unsure of my abilities to do the repair job myself, however. I'd say I'm tech-savvy, but not mechanically tech-savvy (if that makes any sense). I'd never worked with the internal components of any electrical device in the past, and I was nervous about breaking something on the motherboard. After watching the video that someone on here linked to (THANK YOU, by the way!), I felt it was something I could handle if I took my time. I set out a bunch of ramekins for screws and labeled each dish as I went along. This seemed to help keep things in order. After about an hour and 45 minutes, Roomba was back together. I nervously pushed the "Clean" button and could not stop smiling when I saw it take off through the room. (Might have even done a little happy dance...)So happy to have Roomba back! :)FYI: The package took quite some time... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 12, 2014
    List Price: $69.99
    Replacement set is ready to install - no soldering required!
    Fixes 9-beep error & infamous 'circle dance'


  • Roomba iRobot

    Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 IR Sensor Fix - 9-Beep & Circle Dance Fix!

    Single Detail Page Misc (Roomba iRobot)

    Rating (26 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Roomba iRobot

    Works as described - 550 Roomba

    I'm a very satisfied customer! I just finished the installation and it worked, so I need to do this review ASAP. Great detailed instructions on the dealer's site. Transistors and Emitters are clearly labeled. I printed the instructions/pictures on the site as reference before I started.I did not need to remove all the wiring's on the bottom of the motherboard. I lifted it forward then slide it back just enough to expose the 2 sensors held by 2 screws /each.Soldering is the easiest part (I thought it will be the hardest). While holding/puling the transistors I heated up the 2 bottom solder dots and it came off easy (Make sure the tip of the solder is clean to suck the old lead). The long pins of the new transistors slide smoothly in. I used masking tape to make sure both emitter and transistor are flat to the MB, solder the bottom, then cut the legs off. (Make sure the bulging side of the emitter & transistor are facing each other)I'm so glad I did... 5/5 Joelle - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 IR Sensor Fix - 9-Beep & Circle Dance Fix! I'm a very satisfied customer! I just finished the installation and it worked, so I need to do this review ASAP. Great detailed instructions on the dealer's site. Transistors and Emitters are clearly labeled. I printed the instructions/pictures on the site as reference before I started.I did not need to remove all the wiring's on the bottom of the motherboard. I lifted it forward then slide it back just enough to expose the 2 sensors held by 2 screws /each.Soldering is the easiest part (I thought it will be the hardest). While holding/puling the transistors I heated up the 2 bottom solder dots and it came off easy (Make sure the tip of the solder is clean to suck the old lead). The long pins of the new transistors slide smoothly in. I used masking tape to make sure both emitter and transistor are flat to the MB, solder the bottom, then cut the legs off. (Make sure the bulging side of the emitter & transistor are facing each other)I'm so glad I did... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 24, 2012

    You can't do this repair.

    0 3/5 RM (Flo Rida) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 IR Sensor Fix - 9-Beep & Circle Dance Fix! Unless you are experienced in electronic assembly soldering and have very good mechanical skills you will not come close to doing this repair and your Roomba wind up disassembled and in the trash. It's not the product's fault, the repair is not for first-timers. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 14, 2014

    worked great

    0 5/5 nds - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Roomba iRobot 500/600/700 IR Sensor Fix - 9-Beep & Circle Dance Fix! Hubby replaced the sensors with his knowledge of electronics and also had the right tools. Easy but time consuming. The 9 Beep error and circle dance stopped. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 4, 2014
    Fixes 9-beep error
    Fixes infamous Roomba iRobot 'circle dance'
    All you need is basic soldering knowledge and some patience!


  • Silverhill Tools

    Silverhill Tools ASDTR1 Triangle Screwdriver

    Home Improvement (Silverhill Tools)

    Rating (63 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Silverhill Tools

    Works great on my son's Brio trains

    0 5/5 Rani "Rani" (N Dartmouth, MA United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Silverhill Tools ASDTR1 Triangle Screwdriver (Misc.) I got this to be able to open up my son's battery operated brio trains and it fits perfectly. I love that the head is magnetic. Perfect for what I needed. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 18, 2009

    Opens Lionel CW-80 for fuse replacement

    0 5/5 B. Green (Sterling, VA United States) - See all my reviews, June 17, 2010

    A Hard to Find Tool

    You don't find the triangle-head security screws this fits often. Mainly in some toys, fast-food premiums, and electronic devices. But when you want to remove one, especially when it's deeply recessed inside a molded socket, it's somewhere between difficult and impossible to do without the right tool. I've been looking for a proper screwdriver in this style for a long time without success when I stumbled on this one.It isn't fancy, and you might even say it feels a little cheap, but you're not tightening lug-nuts on a truck here. You're inserting and removing small screws usually sunk into soft plastic, and it works great for its intended purpose.If your intended purpose is to disassemble fast food toys (for modification, scrounging parts for projects, or replacement of batteries) be aware that some are not only held together with screws, they're glued or sonic welded as well. It varies from toy to toy. Some come apart quite easily, and there's just no... 5/5 J. Steven York (Coastal, OR USA) - See all my reviews, April 26, 2010
    Special ergonomic grip, cap spins, allowing you to easily apply pressure while turning
    Made of high quality chrome Vanadium (CRV-6150) hardened steel to resist chipping, bending, and stripping
    Suitable for disassembling Roomba parts and Happy Meal toys
    Size TA27


  • Tenergy

    Tenergy Replacement Battery for iRobot 400 series Roomba

    Home (Tenergy)

    Rating (377 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Tenergy

    ROOMBA BATTERY

    0 5/5 RCP14 - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Tenergy Replacement Battery for iRobot 400 series Roomba (Electronics) This is my first review ever. I felt compelled to write it in order to help others looking for a battery for Roomba. I didn't want to spend $70 for a replacement. When I came across this one, I was somewhat skeptical. My robot had been out of commission for nearly three years and I considered throwing away. However, after promptly receiving the tenergy battery and charging it overnight, my Roomba started cleaning better and faster than ever. It ran around for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and it's extended the time which each subsequent charge. The price and the performance of this battery are just amazing! Thank you Amazon for providing this great product! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 16, 2012

    Mine also failed after just over 6 months

    0 1/5 D. Lowe - See all my reviews, October 18, 2009

    Seven months and out

    0 1/5 Eric W. Rowland - See all my reviews, August 31, 2009
    Up to 100 minutes run-time
    This battery is fully compatible with all Roomba FloorVac models.
    NiMH battery, 3.3Ah Capacity, 14.4V
    Brand new Battery Pack which is compatible with iRobot Roomba Advanced Power System (APS) Battery.
    Size: 179mm x 51mm x 52mm (7" x 2.2" x 2.3" inches)


  • iRobot

    iRobot Roomba APS 4905 Battery

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (291 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    iRobot

    Try this before ordering a new battery

    Your Roomba may be experiencing an issue where the battery is deeply discharged and may need to charge longer than the standard 2.5 hours. (or 6 hours if you have a standard charger)If you have fully charged your Battery (the Roomba Power light is solid green) and it charging time was short (less than 20 minutes) and its run time was short (less than 20 minutes) you will need to do the following.Reset the Roomba charging system. Do this by removing the Battery and holding down the "power" button for at least 5 seconds. Then reinstall the Battery.Plug the Charger into Roomba (avoid using the Home Base if you have one so as to ensure the Roomba's charging cycle is not interrupted.)Charge the Battery until the Roomba Power light is solid green and keep the Roomba on the Charger for an additional 72 hours (3 days). Note: Do not interrupt this charging cycle.In Max mode, run the Roomba for one complete cycle without a Home Base... 4/5 kensmiles - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Roomba APS 4905 Battery (Kitchen) Your Roomba may be experiencing an issue where the battery is deeply discharged and may need to charge longer than the standard 2.5 hours. (or 6 hours if you have a standard charger)If you have fully charged your Battery (the Roomba Power light is solid green) and it charging time was short (less than 20 minutes) and its run time was short (less than 20 minutes) you will need to do the following.Reset the Roomba charging system. Do this by removing the Battery and holding down the "power" button for at least 5 seconds. Then reinstall the Battery.Plug the Charger into Roomba (avoid using the Home Base if you have one so as to ensure the Roomba's charging cycle is not interrupted.)Charge the Battery until the Roomba Power light is solid green and keep the Roomba on the Charger for an additional 72 hours (3 days). Note: Do not interrupt this charging cycle.In Max mode, run the Roomba for one complete cycle without a Home Base... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 10, 2006

    Not an authentic iRobot brand battery

    I just received this order and discovered that, despite the deceptive photo for the product description, this is a generic replacement and not an authentic iRobot brand battery. I have not yet tested it to see how well it performs; but I am quite upset with the deceptive product description. Now that I read the reviews others have written, I find several reviews that point out that this is a generic brand battery-- I wish I had read those more carefully before buying this battery.There are several other companies selling aftermarket batteries for the Roomba on Amazon. I have no idea if they are better or worse than this one-- but several are cheaper and clearly identify themselves as aftermarket, 3rd party batteries. I decided to pay a little bit more for this battery because I thought I was getting an iRobot brand battery.So, if you are considering buying this battery hopefully you read these reviews more carefully than I did and know ahead of time what you... 1/5 Scott A. Speakman (Cambridge, MA USA) - See all my reviews, September 1, 2009

    Really does hold a charge better than original.

    0 5/5 matt b "matt b" (Chicago, IL United States) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Roomba APS 4905 Battery (Kitchen) The original was fine, but unimpressive, generally. My initial battery died pretty quickly, going from over an hour, to around 15 minutes, to under... anyway, after a few charges and discharges, this lasts considerably longer than the original.It does what it's sold to do. Half the reviewers are rating Amazon's ability to ship the battery on time, somehow... mine arrived in 2 days (prime).Good price, good product. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 1, 2007
    List Price: $69.99
    Provides approximately 120 minutes of run-time
    Easy to charge and connect
    Charges in 3 hours with ABS Fast Charger
    50 percent greater useful life than original Roomba batteries


  • Silverhill Tools

    Silverhill Tools ATKTR4 Triangle Head Screwdriver Setwith Carry Pouch

    Home Improvement (Silverhill Tools)

    Rating (108 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Silverhill Tools

    Worked Great

    0 5/5 Kazzy B - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Silverhill Tools ATKTR4 Triangle Head Screwdriver Setwith Carry Pouch (Misc.) Purchased this set of screwdrivers to repair my grandson's Thomas trains which have triangular screwheads. Fit exactly and worked great. Good invesment if you're using for this purpose. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 23, 2011

    Triangle Head (4pc Set) by Silverhill Tools

    Bought this for some light use on various toys around the house. It's come in handy more than a few times, and I've had no issues with it. Ergonomics can be kind of a relative thing, but for me they feel natural and comfortable in my hand and the freely spinning heads(on handles) make it easy to use.It says hardened steel tips and I haven't had to put it to the test yet with my few repairs though I do see very light signs of wear/warping around the small sharp edges.With my light use I also can't say how well the metal shaft is attacked into the plastic handle or how long it'll last under heavier torque.Stats:Handles = ~3.5"(o/a length) typical plastic. ~5/8"x~6/8"(LxW) pivoting head. Textured grip visible in pictures.Metal Shaft = 5/8"x1/8"(LxW) with impressed/engraved sizing by tip.TA-18(Red) = .079"(~2mm)TA-20(Blue) = .091"(>2mm)TA-23(Grn) = .106"(~2.5mm)TA-27(Orng) = .126" (~3mm)I like the set, happy with the purchase... 4/5 Just Honest - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Silverhill Tools ATKTR4 Triangle Head Screwdriver Setwith Carry Pouch (Misc.) Bought this for some light use on various toys around the house. It's come in handy more than a few times, and I've had no issues with it. Ergonomics can be kind of a relative thing, but for me they feel natural and comfortable in my hand and the freely spinning heads(on handles) make it easy to use.It says hardened steel tips and I haven't had to put it to the test yet with my few repairs though I do see very light signs of wear/warping around the small sharp edges.With my light use I also can't say how well the metal shaft is attacked into the plastic handle or how long it'll last under heavier torque.Stats:Handles = ~3.5"(o/a length) typical plastic. ~5/8"x~6/8"(LxW) pivoting head. Textured grip visible in pictures.Metal Shaft = 5/8"x1/8"(LxW) with impressed/engraved sizing by tip.TA-18(Red) = .079"(~2mm)TA-20(Blue) = .091"(>2mm)TA-23(Grn) = .106"(~2.5mm)TA-27(Orng) = .126" (~3mm)I like the set, happy with the purchase... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 14, 2012

    Good set of drivers - but not the best by far

    0 4/5 J. Brooks (Ohio, USA) - See all my reviews, May 13, 2011
    List Price: $19.99
    Price: $9.99
    You Save: $10.00 (50%)
    Made of high quality CRV 6150 steel
    Ergonomic handle with spin cap
    5 sizes: TA14, TA18, TA20, TA23, TA27
    Comes in a functional velcro pouch
    Narrow shaft screwdriver can reach screw heads located in otherwise inaccessible location


  • iRobot

    iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (444 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    iRobot

    New Roomba vs. Old

    If you are new to Roomba, you will wonder if it is worthwhile. The answer is clearly YES, since anything it cleans is that much less for you to clean. However, which is better, the old (and cheaper) Roomba, or the new models like the 530?First, the 530 comes with the charging/base station, and this is very useful. I have placed this in the entranceway which leads into the livingroom, the kitchen or the bedroom. Using the virtual walls (included), I block off rooms so that it can only do the entranceway + 1 other room. I simply press the "Clean" button, and it backs itself off the charging stand and then spends the next 2 hours cleaning, finally returning to the charging stand. Nice!Should you upgrade from an older model Roomba (I now use my old Roomba upstairs)? It depends on your situation. By-the-way, the old virtual walls do NOT work with the new Roomba.New Roomba:Fall down stairs? NeverClimb onto thick throw rugs... 4/5 D. C. Eaton (Avon, IN United States) - See all my reviews, December 1, 2007

    It's Like a Beloved Pet Who MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER

    Awesome. This new generation fixes all the problems of the previous. Much smarter, much bigger dust bin, much better in every way. Great that it self-docks when tired. Maintanence is a snap...really could not be easier/faster. There are some negatives - how could there not be? - but this thing has such a contagious personality that it starts feeling like your pet, and you're inclined to forgive, and even find the faults charming.You have to prep the room (cords up and out of the way, no papers or clutter on the floor, move small items out of the room and learn which objects present problems and get them out of the way). Performance varies on throw rugs (it's great on rug/carpet surfaces themselves, but Roomba can get caught up as it travels over edges of throw rugs that don't have much weight or cling). It's good at slowing down and banging objects gently, but less so on narrow vertical objects (e.g. piano legs), which it really clunks (not enough to damage, but it will... 5/5 New Yawkuh "New Yawkuh" (Queens, NY United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White (Kitchen) Awesome. This new generation fixes all the problems of the previous. Much smarter, much bigger dust bin, much better in every way. Great that it self-docks when tired. Maintanence is a snap...really could not be easier/faster. There are some negatives - how could there not be? - but this thing has such a contagious personality that it starts feeling like your pet, and you're inclined to forgive, and even find the faults charming.You have to prep the room (cords up and out of the way, no papers or clutter on the floor, move small items out of the room and learn which objects present problems and get them out of the way). Performance varies on throw rugs (it's great on rug/carpet surfaces themselves, but Roomba can get caught up as it travels over edges of throw rugs that don't have much weight or cling). It's good at slowing down and banging objects gently, but less so on narrow vertical objects (e.g. piano legs), which it really clunks (not enough to damage, but it will... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 11, 2007

    A Great Product Made Even Better

    With two dogs in the house we could not live without our Roomba. The 530 is a vast improvement from earlier models. It seems to pick up more dirt, the battery life is longer, the fast-charge is about 33% more rapid than its Discovery predecessors and it is generally more quiet.The new sensors that prevent the robot from "speed-bumping" into furniture are a very nice touch, but beware if the robot is in a tight area, it may appear sluggish -- the sensors are working to continually slow it down. It's a feature I like, but need to get used to.My only concern with this robot is the high cost of parts. The bot itself is cheaper than earlier models but the components most prone to breakage or wear-out are twice the cost so the lifetime operation costs may be higher. Replacement batteries are nearly $100. Earlier models were $50.ONE MONTH LATER ....This is a slight amend to my review above. Having used it for a month a couple points of... 5/5 damg1 "damg" (Tulsa, OK) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White (Kitchen) With two dogs in the house we could not live without our Roomba. The 530 is a vast improvement from earlier models. It seems to pick up more dirt, the battery life is longer, the fast-charge is about 33% more rapid than its Discovery predecessors and it is generally more quiet.The new sensors that prevent the robot from "speed-bumping" into furniture are a very nice touch, but beware if the robot is in a tight area, it may appear sluggish -- the sensors are working to continually slow it down. It's a feature I like, but need to get used to.My only concern with this robot is the high cost of parts. The bot itself is cheaper than earlier models but the components most prone to breakage or wear-out are twice the cost so the lifetime operation costs may be higher. Replacement batteries are nearly $100. Earlier models were $50.ONE MONTH LATER ....This is a slight amend to my review above. Having used it for a month a couple points of... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 12, 2007
    List Price: $299.99
    Easy-to-empty bagless dustbin; fine-filtration system traps allergens
    Anti-tangle technology; gentle-touch bumper system; built-in cliff sensors
    Self-charging Home Base, 2 Virtual Walls, an extra filter, and more included
    Measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches; 1-year limited warranty
    Vacuuming robot picks up dirt and debris with the touch of a button


  • Friendly Robotics

    RoboMow RL850 Robotic Cordless Electric Lawn Mower, 21-Inch

    Lawn & Patio (Friendly Robotics)

    Rating (33 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    Friendly Robotics

    An honest view...

    First off let me say I've seen a mix of reviews. Most of them have been positive, but a few negative ones as well. I will discuss the negative points fully since they should be mentioned, but they are far outweighed by all of the positive things I can say about this mower, which is why I have given it four stars. I would, and should give it five stars, but I want people to know how I honestly feel and I want them to read the negative points so they can decide if this is best for them. The subjects I will cover are setup, use, upkeep, quality, and price. Setup (Three stars): First off, this is by far the worst section. I can see a lot of potential for someone to set their mower up in an improper fashion resulting in limited performance, but if you keep in mind that this mower is supposed to help you overcome the bulk of your yard work keep in mind it doesn't do everything. It works as has been noted by many people by placing a wire... 4/5 J. Cisnero "Jace Cisnero" (Tennessee) - See all my reviews, June 14, 2005

    Will it last? I don't think so and here is proof

    Make sure you read all of this review before making your decision. Anyone can buy a new car, toy, or appliance and be happy the first few weeks. It's the time factor that you need in making an intelligent decision about a product. Just how long does it last. That's why I try to make sure I update my review throughout the life of the product.I have had my robomower for 3 weeks now and I love it. No more taking allergy medication before mowing for me. You put it in a dry place, let it charge and then set it out on its own. It took a good 2 days to install and it includes everything to get you running. The kit includes 200 stakes, charger, 500 feet of wire (if you need more you can use 14 guage - 500 feet - $20 from hardware store), signal unit and two signal unit connectors.It's controlled by the installation of the wire around the perimeter of your yard. The mower will only run inside the wire. You can also break your yard into sections and put it in that... 1/5 kcobra07 "kcobra07" (USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: RoboMow RL850 Robotic Cordless Electric Lawn Mower, 21-Inch (Lawn & Patio) Make sure you read all of this review before making your decision. Anyone can buy a new car, toy, or appliance and be happy the first few weeks. It's the time factor that you need in making an intelligent decision about a product. Just how long does it last. That's why I try to make sure I update my review throughout the life of the product.I have had my robomower for 3 weeks now and I love it. No more taking allergy medication before mowing for me. You put it in a dry place, let it charge and then set it out on its own. It took a good 2 days to install and it includes everything to get you running. The kit includes 200 stakes, charger, 500 feet of wire (if you need more you can use 14 guage - 500 feet - $20 from hardware store), signal unit and two signal unit connectors.It's controlled by the installation of the wire around the perimeter of your yard. The mower will only run inside the wire. You can also break your yard into sections and put it in that... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 10, 2007

    Very good, but not perfect.

    I purchased an 850 about three months ago. My thumbnail review: good labor saving device, if you do not set your expectations too high. This tool saves me a LOT of work. Not necessarily time, but work. I don't feel comfortable leaving Raoul (our name for our "gardener") running when I go out. It takes him about two hours to cut one of our two zones. (It takes me about an hour to cut the whole thing by hand.) So for those two hours, someone has to be home. At first, we just sat and watched him cut. Now I usually work on something else, or eat dinner, or read a book. But I have to stay home. And he does not cut in an orderly fashion. Raoul just wanders around the yard in a long, cris-crossing fashion. What he does not cut in one pass, he might get in the next. Or maybe the one after that. So if you stop him early, you will have to look for the places he has missed. But I have gotten into the habit of just turning him loose whenever I happen to be at home for... 4/5 Amazon Customer "Gadget nut" (Rochester, Michigan) - See all my reviews This review is from: RoboMow RL850 Robotic Cordless Electric Lawn Mower, 21-Inch (Lawn & Patio) I purchased an 850 about three months ago. My thumbnail review: good labor saving device, if you do not set your expectations too high. This tool saves me a LOT of work. Not necessarily time, but work. I don't feel comfortable leaving Raoul (our name for our "gardener") running when I go out. It takes him about two hours to cut one of our two zones. (It takes me about an hour to cut the whole thing by hand.) So for those two hours, someone has to be home. At first, we just sat and watched him cut. Now I usually work on something else, or eat dinner, or read a book. But I have to stay home. And he does not cut in an orderly fashion. Raoul just wanders around the yard in a long, cris-crossing fashion. What he does not cut in one pass, he might get in the next. Or maybe the one after that. So if you stop him early, you will have to look for the places he has missed. But I have gotten into the habit of just turning him loose whenever I happen to be at home for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 29, 2004
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    Onboard sensor and bumper avoids obstacles; built-in child safety lock; powerful mulcher
    Efficiently and safely mows lawn, while you relax
    Cuts up to 10,800 square feet on a single 24-hour charge
    Robotic lawnmower designed to mow entirely by itself
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