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Recent progress in robotics: viable robotic service to human, an edition of the selected papers from the 13th International Conference on Advanced Robotics

Creator: Sukhan Lee | Technology & Engineering - 2008-01-14

Robots for Professional Cleaning A representative of the more recent developments in the area of service robots for professional cleaning is the robotic floor scrubber ST82 R Variotech of Hefter Cleantech, Germany.

Publisher: Springer Verlag

About this book
This volume is an edition of the papers selected from the 13th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2007, held in Jeju, Korea, August 22-25, 2007, with the theme: "Viable Robotics Service to Human." It is intended to deliver readers the most recent technical progress in robotics, in particular, toward the advancement of robotic service to human.



670 pages

Mobile robots VII, 18-20 November 1992, Boston, Massachusetts

Creator: William J. Wolfe, Wendell H. Chun, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers | Technology & Engineering - 1993

3.4 Robotic floor scrubber (RoboscrubTM) Jointly with a Colorado-based floor cleaning equipment manufacturing company, Denning built and presently is marketing robotic floor scrubbing equipment. The initial targeted market for this ...

Publisher: Society of Photo Optical



597 pages

Field and Service Robotics, Results of the 6th International Conference

Creator: Christian Laugier | Technology & Engineering - 2008-04-01

It used a floor plan and permanently installed markers for navigation. Helpmate was preferably used for ... service robots for professional cleaning is the robotic floor scrubber ST82 R Variotech of Hefter Cleantech, Germany.

Publisher: Springer Verlag

About this book
FSR, the 'International Conference on Field and Service Robotics', is a robotics Symposium which has established over the past ten years the latest research and practical results towards the use of field and service robotics in the community with particular focus on proven technology. The first meeting was held in Canberra, Australia, in 1997. Since then the meeting has been held every two years in the pattern Asia, America, Europe. This books presents the results of the sixth edition of "Field and Service Robotics" FSR03, held in Chamonix, France, on 9th - 12th July 2003. The conference provided a forum for researchers, professionals and robot manufacturers to exchange up-to-date technical knowledge and experience. Field robots are non-factory robots, typically mobile, that operate in complex, and dynamic environments: on the ground (of Earth or planets), under the ground, underwater, in the air or in space. Service robots are those that work closely with humans to help them with their lives. This book offers a collection of a broad range of topics including: Underwater Robots and Systems, Autonomous Navigation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, Climbing Robotics, Sensor Fusion.


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  • iRobot

    iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (128 reviews):
    (3.5/5)
    iRobot

    I call it Turbo!

    I've had 2 Scoobas before this one, starting with the 5900 series, upgrading to the 300 series and now this one. This is a dramatic departure from what I'm used to in some good ways and some bad. I like it-- but with some caveats. I'm also a devoted Roomba user, currently having a 650. I started way back with the Roomba Red that I bought on Amazon way back on Feb 23, 2007. I've been a long term customer of the robot vacuums.Unpacking the unit, the first thing I noticed was that this design was drastically different than what I've been using for the last several years. It looks like they stopped making a separate body style for the Scoobas, and consolidated on a single design. This one is very much designed just like the Roomba, replacing the dirt bin with the water tank. This also means that cleaning of the Scooba itself is easier, and the brush scrubber area where the scrubbing takes place removes much easier for rinsing than the previous models. This model also has... 4/5 RST_ (USA) - See all my reviews, April 22, 2014

    OMG! Yes, it cleans floors. It's a noisy little beast, but so cool

    So I've had a Mint floor cleaning robot for a long time, which is essentially a very smart Swiffer. I'd been wanting to try one of the newer Roomba style robots and was thrilled to get the opportunity to review this new Scooba 450. I'll go through some things you should consider when buying a floor cleaning robot, and how the Scooba stacks up.1) Is it loud?Yes it is. I mean, not rock concert loud, not even vacuum cleaner loud, but it makes a bit of a ruckus.2) What types of floors does it clean?It mops and vacuums, so pretty much any hard floor. I tried it on a vinyl kitchen floor, a tile bathroom floor, and several hardwood floors. It did a great job on each.3) Does it get stuck a lot?No, and on the rare occasions it did, it signaled to me with a sound, and when I pushed the information button it told me "I'm stuck" in a cute voice.4) How's the battery life?It charges fairly quickly (but do a long charge... 5/5 Bookenator - See all my reviews, April 26, 2014

    Excellent if your room floors are perfectly flat and either 150 or 300 sq/ft

    Edit: I had to remove a star because the Scooba will sometimes end it's cycle under the bed. It's a large bed so it is sometimes very difficult to reach it. I certainly don't start it under the bed so I'm not sure why it ends there. It's a fairly serious design flaw if you have a very large area underneath something that is difficult to move. Fortunately it isn't impossible for me to reach it...just difficult.My experience with floor cleaning robots started with the Mint 4200. I wanted a sweeping robot to get under the beds and futon in the apartment. I really like the Mint and it does exactly what I want it to do--sweep dust.So I was really excited to try the Scooba 450 because i thought it would take my robotic floor cleaning to a new level and in a way, it has. First I want to say this is a very well made robot and it does a fine job in a small room on floors that are perfectly flat and even. In my kitchen, which has new tile, the cleaning is... 3/5 MJ23447 (USA) - See all my reviews, April 26, 2014
    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.*
    Ideal for most hard floor surfaces, including tile, linoleum, stone, and sealed hardwood
    Dual-Compartment Tank keeps clean and dirty water separated, so Scooba 450 will never put dirty water back down on your floors.
    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
    Two Cleaning Options let you choose from a full 40-minute cycle or a 20-minute cycle for smaller spaces.


  • iRobot

    Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (937 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    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
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change
    Measures 9.6 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep by 3.1 inches high; 1-year warranty


  • iRobot

    iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (191 reviews):
    (3.3/5)
    iRobot

    Noisy but useful

    Is it perfect? no. Is it useful? yes.Before I write review for the Scooba, I would like to write a little about my two other robots.My two other robots are Roomba 550 and Neato XV11 from Neato Robotic. I use Roomba to maintain my first floor and Neato to maintain my second floor. They both have strength and work very well for their intended purposes. My first floor is all hardwood and ceramic tiles, and the second floor is all carpet. Since my dog also lives in the first floor, the Roomba works very well for floor with pet hair. Neato is very powerful robotic vacuum (best), it works extremely well for my carpet. I scheduled the Roomba to run the entire floor 4 days a week so the first floor usually clean without much hairs and debris left; I know that the main function of the Scooba is not to clean the debris and dog hair and I don't want to burden it for. It won't work well with very hairy floor.I have around 1400 square foot first floor. I use... 3/5 Jianqiang Zhong "Z Man" (Columbus, OH) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot (Misc.) Is it perfect? no. Is it useful? yes.Before I write review for the Scooba, I would like to write a little about my two other robots.My two other robots are Roomba 550 and Neato XV11 from Neato Robotic. I use Roomba to maintain my first floor and Neato to maintain my second floor. They both have strength and work very well for their intended purposes. My first floor is all hardwood and ceramic tiles, and the second floor is all carpet. Since my dog also lives in the first floor, the Roomba works very well for floor with pet hair. Neato is very powerful robotic vacuum (best), it works extremely well for my carpet. I scheduled the Roomba to run the entire floor 4 days a week so the first floor usually clean without much hairs and debris left; I know that the main function of the Scooba is not to clean the debris and dog hair and I don't want to burden it for. It won't work well with very hairy floor.I have around 1400 square foot first floor. I use... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 9, 2012

    Okay, but not great and not worth the price.

    A small disclaimer: I base my results entirely on large tile floor cleaning. I have no wood, laminate, polished concrete, or groutless flat tile floors, so your results may vary.First the good.1. It's easy to prepare and operate.2. Battery has good charge (good for one large room or one medium and one small room).3. It can use regular old water and vinegar and still clean effectively if you don't use their cleaning solution. That is if you don't mind the smell of vinegar of course.4. The first stage vacuum function is very nice. As long as you don't have large debris on the floor, you don't have to worry about vacuuming first.5. The floors are overall noticeably cleaner, though for best results on larger or medium sized rooms with complicated layouts you'll need to do two passes.6. Great for the lazy and/or busy among us.Now the bad.1. It leaves too much water behind. It doesn't... 2/5 Jerrad H - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot (Misc.) A small disclaimer: I base my results entirely on large tile floor cleaning. I have no wood, laminate, polished concrete, or groutless flat tile floors, so your results may vary.First the good.1. It's easy to prepare and operate.2. Battery has good charge (good for one large room or one medium and one small room).3. It can use regular old water and vinegar and still clean effectively if you don't use their cleaning solution. That is if you don't mind the smell of vinegar of course.4. The first stage vacuum function is very nice. As long as you don't have large debris on the floor, you don't have to worry about vacuuming first.5. The floors are overall noticeably cleaner, though for best results on larger or medium sized rooms with complicated layouts you'll need to do two passes.6. Great for the lazy and/or busy among us.Now the bad.1. It leaves too much water behind. It doesn't... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 11, 2012

    Can't Live without it!

    A few months ago I called Irobot and told them how utterly sad I was about scooba's overall short lifespan given the great potential the robot offered. A manager got on the phone and offered me another replacement of one of my older models, but weary of the process, I declined. Days later, the manager called me back and asked me to reconsider. I agreed to have them send me a replacement of my old model, no strings attached, no replacement parts returned, no shipping charges, simply a good will measure on thier part. Surprise, surprise, when the package arrived, it was the newest model, not a refurbished old model. Irobot was sincerely doing me a good turn and I was truly impressed. I was ready to start again with a fresh attitude.Now, months later, I continued to be impressed by this newest scooba model which runs smoothly, has no bugs, has a solid battery life and is free of any and all irritations the previous models have had. It runs like a champ, cleans the the 1,000... 5/5 jdec (MD) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot (Misc.) A few months ago I called Irobot and told them how utterly sad I was about scooba's overall short lifespan given the great potential the robot offered. A manager got on the phone and offered me another replacement of one of my older models, but weary of the process, I declined. Days later, the manager called me back and asked me to reconsider. I agreed to have them send me a replacement of my old model, no strings attached, no replacement parts returned, no shipping charges, simply a good will measure on thier part. Surprise, surprise, when the package arrived, it was the newest model, not a refurbished old model. Irobot was sincerely doing me a good turn and I was truly impressed. I was ready to start again with a fresh attitude.Now, months later, I continued to be impressed by this newest scooba model which runs smoothly, has no bugs, has a solid battery life and is free of any and all irritations the previous models have had. It runs like a champ, cleans the the 1,000... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 14, 2012
    List Price: $499.99
    4-Stage Cleaning Process
    All parts that need to be cleaned or maintained are now colored grey and orange
    Extensive Coverage - Scooba 390 has a wide cleaning head ideal for kitchens and other large areas up to 450 sq ft
    Easy to Use- Let the robot do the work
    Scooba 390 keeps cleaning solution in a separate tank so that only clean solution is placed on the floor


  • iRobot

    iRobot 330 Scooba Floor-Washing Robot

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $399.99
    Price: $274.99
    You Save: $125.00 (31%)

    Uses water, water and vinegar, or Clorox Scooba cleaning solution
    Measures 14-3/4 by 14-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches; 1-year warranty
    Preps, washes, scrubs, and dries; cliff sensor; 1 virtual wall included
    Floor-washing robot cleans sealed hardwood, tile, linoleum, and more
    Can handle up to 250 square feet on a single battery charge


  • Esse Enterprises LLC

    Smartpool NC74 Scrubber 60 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner for IG Pools

    Lawn & Patio (Esse Enterprises LLC)
    List Price: $999.00
    Price: $956.29
    You Save: $42.71 (4%)

    Lightweight design and Quick-Drain system makes removal from the pool is easy for anyone
    Cleans and scrubs the floors, walls and waterline of pools up to 20' X 40' X 8' deep
    Features intelligent navigation so it doesn't have to bump a wall to know when to change direction
    Includes a 60ft. power cord and transformer power box and is ETL, CSA and CE approved
    Zero radius turning helps for cleaning out corners and maneuvering steps


  • Esse Sales Inc

    Smart Pool 9i Robotic Pool Cleaner

    Lawn & Patio (Esse Sales Inc)
    List Price: $999.99
    Price: $700.00
    You Save: $299.99 (30%)

    Runs on safe 12 volts, ETL, CSA and CE approved, easily serviced by the user
    Wider cleaning path for 50-percent faster cleaning the dual direct-drive motors gives greater traction, more powerful suction and pinpoint navigation


  • Trademark Global

    iRobot 72-560LH Roomba 500-Series Lighthouse Virtual Wall

    Home Improvement (Trademark Global)

    Rating (2 reviews):
    (3.0/5)
    Trademark Global

    Warning: does not work with Model #536

    0 5/5 Diane - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I ordered two 500 Series Virtual Wall Lighthouses through Amazon, and found they do not work with the new model #536. The Amazon ad states (in the Product Description) that the lighthouses work with models 535 and up. According to IRobot product support, this was true at one time, but not with the new 536 (and possibly other new models). The 536 will only work with Virtual Walls.FYI, I could not rate the lighthouse, so my rating is for the 536. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 11, 2010

    Roomba Upgrades

    0 1/5 Big Mac - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot 72-560LH Roomba 500-Series Lighthouse Virtual Wall (Tools & Home Improvement) The litehouses do not work with any upgraded models. I have a 562 model(upgraded to a 563)and after ordering 1 set of litehouses then complaining they didn't work was sent a 2nd set. I called Irobot and found they are no longer compatable with the upgraded models. I was bummed because I needed the features of the litehouses. The virtual walls are the only option for these upgraded models??????? Progress? 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 28, 2010
    List Price: $49.99
    Price: $23.90
    You Save: $26.09 (52%)
    For use with Roomba 500 Series models 535 and up.
    Contains Roomba in one room until the room is completely vacuumed
    The Virtual Wall Lighthouse uses an invisible infrared signal to help iRobot Roomba achieve the most efficient and thorough room-to-room cleaning.
    Also blocks off-limit areas in your home
    then directs Roomba to clean the next room


  • Aquavista

    Aqua Products ABJR Aquabot Junior In-Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner

    Lawn & Patio (Aquavista)
    List Price: $816.14

    Complete floor and wall cleaning at the touch of a button; estimated cleaning time 2-3 hours
    Includes 51-foot ETL listed and UL certified, buoyant thermoplastic rubber cord
    Aquabot junior saves as much as 50% of your total maintenance bills, including energy, chemicals, water and even the environment
    Cleans without hoses, booster pumps or the pool's filter system pools up to 40-feet of any surface or configuration
    Self contained flitration, reusable 34-quart capacity; removes everything from large leaves to fine particales; filtration rate of 4,500 gallons per hour


  • Smartpool

    Smartpool WWNC71 Nitro Wall Climber Scrubber 60 Robotic Pool Cleaner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

    Lawn & Patio (Smartpool)

    Rating (43 reviews):
    (1.8/5)
    Smartpool

    A Good Pool Cleaner That Costs Less to Run and Maintain

    Updated note after spending the life of the 2nd Smartpool NC71 robot:I purchased 2nd Smartpool NC71 robot after junking the 1st as commented in the previous notes. The 2nd went dead not long after its 2-year warranty expired with the following issue and comment.(1) The purchased 2nd unit was purchased in the end of August but found not working at all about 50 days after coming back from my Europe trip, the manufacture replaced with a brand-new one and it start its first service about 100 days later. I asked the manufacture to extend the warranty to cover the period that had not worked at all, but was refused. Now the unit just broke right after its original warranty period.(2) I give up on all Smartpool products from now on, and consider to switch to "Dolphin premier robotic pool cleaner" because of its 3-year warranty and the reliability based on editor and user reviews even though it costs about twice more.Updated note after 20 months... 1/5 Vincent Lin (Houston, TX USA) - See all my reviews, October 7, 2010

    Good product when it works, but terrible warranty support

    0 1/5 D. Free - See all my reviews, June 20, 2011

    DO NOT BUY THIS POS!!!

    0 1/5 Jerome M. Landreneau (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews, September 25, 2011
    List Price: $999.99
    Runs on safe 12 volts, ETL, CSA and CE approved, easily serviced by the user
    10 pounds, making it easier to remove from your pool, gel-Pro brushes will quickly clean vinyl, fiberglass and concrete pools
    Swimming pool cleaner has an intelligent navigation that does not require walls to change direction
    Uses very little power, costs just pennies to operate, and increases water conservation by reducing the need to backwash your pool
    Quick drain system lets water drain out of unit quickly upon removal from pool