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614 pages

Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms

Creator: Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel | Technology & Engineering - 2002-01-05

Though these robots may be simple, they have their merits in applying some of the concepts discussed in Part I and in introducing some new ideas. For example, the Floor Sweeper covers room navigation, suggesting approaches that refer to ...

Publisher: Syngress

About this book
Lego robots! Mindstorms are sweeping the world and fans need to learn how to programme them Lego Mindstorms are a new generation of Lego Robots that can be manipulated using microcomputers, light and touch sensors, an infrared transmitter and CD-ROMs. Since Lego launched Lego Mindstorms in late 1998 sales have skyrocketed - with no sign of slowing down. Mindstorms have captured the imagination of adults and children alike, creating a subculture of Mindstorm enthusiasts around the world. The kits are now a staple part of engineering and computer science classes at many high profile Universities. Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms provides readers with a fundamental understanding of the geometry, electronics, engineering, and programming required to build your own robots. Mario and Giulio Ferrari are world-renowned experts in the field of Lego Mindstorms robotics, and in this book they share their unrivaled knowledge and expertise of robotics as well as provide a series of chapters detailing how to design and build the most exotic robots. Mario and Giulio also give detailed explanations of how to integrate Lego Mindstorms kits with other Lego programmable bricks such asScout and Cybermaster, as well as with non-robotic Lego Technics models.



587 pages

Creating Cool MINDSTORMS NXT Robots

Creator: Daniele Benedettelli | Technology & Engineering - 2008-04-25

CHAPTER 7 Mine Sweeper The protagonist of this chapter is a compact wheeled robot equipped with a frontal ... The robot you are going to build could have been given many other different names: garbage collector, floor sweeper, ...

Publisher: Springer

About this book
Build and program MINDSTORM NXT robots withDaniele Benedettelli, one of the world's most respected NXT robot builders. He shows you how to build and program them from scratch, starting with the simplest robots and progressing in difficulty to a total of seven award–winning robots! You can download all the code, along with low–resolution videos that show how your robot works when it's finished. You don't need to be a programmer to develop these cool robots because all the code is provided, but advanced developers will enjoy seeing the secrets of Benedettelli's code and techniques revealed. What you'll learn How to create award–winning robots from scratch to final programming. How to build each robot and which materials to use. Why certain features have specific designs. How to program your robot–all code is available for free download. Inspiration and tips and tricks on robotics, a particularly valuable resource for teachers and students. Who this book is for Anyone interested in building robots or seeing how it is done. Programmers interested in learning how robots are programmed.



325 pages

Sensor based intelligent robots, international workshop, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, September 28-October 2, 1998 : selected papers

Creator: Henrik I. Christensen, Horst Bunke, Hartmut Noltemeier | Computers - 1999

Examples of mass produced mobile systems include the Help- Mate Robotics platform for delivery of food and x-ray plates at hospitals, and the RoboKent floor sweeper produced by the Kent Corporation. Both have only been produced in ...

Publisher: Springer Verlag

About this book
This book constitutes the thorougly refereed post-proceedings of an international workshop on sensor based Intelligent Robot held in Dagstuhl Castle, Germany in September/October 1998. The 17 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed for inclusion in the book. Among the topics addressed are robot navigation, motion planning, autonomous mobile robots, wheelchair robots, interactive robots, car navigation systems, visual tracking, sensor based navigation, distributed algorithms, computer vision, intelligent agents, robot control, and computational geometry.


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  • O-Cedar

    O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner

    Health and Beauty (O-Cedar)

    Rating (128 reviews):
    (3.3/5)
    O-Cedar

    This is the most amazing thing ever…

    A couple of years ago I bought my sister the first generation of the Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner for about $250.00. Several weeks ago I ran across the O’Cedar O’Duster at Wal-Mart for about $40.00 and made an impulse purchase. I was so impressed that I got my mom the O’Duster for Christmas. My review will not only comment on my experience with the O’Cedar product but also compare the O’Duster to the Mint.Both of these products are hard floor sweepers (note I said “sweeper”. There is no sucking action on either of them.). They use a disposable cloth product to sweep wood, tile, vinyl, etc. They will not work on carpets/rugs; nor, are they designed to wet-clean the floor. These do not take the place of mopping.First, a description of the O’Cedar O’Duster…There is a round plastic center housing that is about eight inches in diameter and a little over two inches tall. It is surrounded... 5/5 M. Nance - See all my reviews, December 30, 2013

    Helps to keep up with the dust on hardwood flooring

    0 4/5 Russ - Largo, Fl - See all my reviews This review is from: O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner (Health and Beauty) Carpets can help to contain dust. My new hardwood floors do not. I am constantly coughing at night from dust in my bedroom because the hard flooring allows dust and hair to float around. This inexpense unit really helps.Be certain to give your room (floor) a thorough dusting and cleaning along with all of the furniture. Now, you are ready to use this unit. Let it do it's thing every other day and you will really notice a reduction in dust and hair.Easy to use. rechargeable. I would recommend you try it.Note: Ideally, floor should be clear of cords, books and junk. Have it start in the middle of the room if possible. Close your door or it will leave and work on the tile outside your bedroom!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 27, 2013

    Great concept, motor not up to task

    I saw this on TV while I was swiffering the floor and decided on the spot to get it, even though it was still too new at the time to have reliable online reviews (it wasn't even on Amazon yet). At $40, it was worth the gamble and I drove to town to get it. It took some doing: according to the O-Cedar website at the time, only two retailers carried it. I tried two Targets unsuccessfully, and finally hunted one down at Walmart.Initially, for the price -- I loved it. Our hardwood floors are low traffic and the dog sheds little, so once I figured out the few spots the robot would get trapped and fenced them off, the little guy worked like a charm. I was thrilled. Until...the motor burned out after five days. Still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, I assumed I'd happened to get a bum unit and I went to Walmart to exchange it. To my chagrin, I was told that buyers were bringing them back in droves with the same issue and the chain would no longer carry them, period... 1/5 Ochre - See all my reviews This review is from: O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner (Health and Beauty) I saw this on TV while I was swiffering the floor and decided on the spot to get it, even though it was still too new at the time to have reliable online reviews (it wasn't even on Amazon yet). At $40, it was worth the gamble and I drove to town to get it. It took some doing: according to the O-Cedar website at the time, only two retailers carried it. I tried two Targets unsuccessfully, and finally hunted one down at Walmart.Initially, for the price -- I loved it. Our hardwood floors are low traffic and the dog sheds little, so once I figured out the few spots the robot would get trapped and fenced them off, the little guy worked like a charm. I was thrilled. Until...the motor burned out after five days. Still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, I assumed I'd happened to get a bum unit and I went to Walmart to exchange it. To my chagrin, I was told that buyers were bringing them back in droves with the same issue and the chain would no longer carry them, period... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 9, 2013
    List Price: $39.99
    Price: $24.99
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    Self rotating duster with automatic navigation
    Refills available on Amazon
    Runs on rechargeable batteries, no need for cords.
    Uses exclusive, disposable electrostatic cloths
    Collects and retains dust and hair on an electrostatic disposable cloth


  • 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
    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
    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


  • iRobot

    iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $199.99

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


  • iTouchless

    iTouchless Robotic Intelligent Vacuum Cleaner PRO

    Home (iTouchless)

    Rating (96 reviews):
    (2.8/5)
    iTouchless

    Works good so far

    0 4/5 Emily F. Rushing (Statesboro, Georgia United States) - See all my reviews, May 23, 2010

    I had hope, but it died after just a few months...

    0 2/5 Jeanie (Troy, MT, United States) - See all my reviews, September 29, 2009

    It doesnt work on carpet.

    0 1/5 S. Zhang (California, USA) - See all my reviews, March 30, 2009
    List Price: $259.99
    Safety features build-in for unattended operation
    Remote control for manual operation
    Goes under beds and furniture
    New PRO model with "Flat" Design
    Fully automatic and smart cleaner for all floor surfaces


  • RoboMop

    RoboMop SoftBase Robotic Floor Sweeper

    Home (RoboMop)

    Rating (16 reviews):
    (3.1/5)
    RoboMop

    Simple but works

    0 5/5 Glenn Fitzgerald "GLF" (Bakersfield, CA) - See all my reviews, January 7, 2012

    great little duster

    0 4/5 Mary Grummel "Nurse" (Illinois) - See all my reviews, September 13, 2013

    Robomop SoftBase

    0 1/5 P. Mayhugh (Quality, KY United States) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012
    Uses non woven electrostatic pads that reduces swirling dust
    Gentle to furniture- soft frame makes impact as gentle as possible
    The soft base design allows for even better access to corners
    RoboMop dustmops your floors so you don't have to


  • O-Cedar

    Dual Action Microfiber Flip Mop

    Home (O-Cedar)

    Rating (49 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    O-Cedar

    This is the Best mop around!

    0 5/5 Trey Smith (PA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Dual Action Microfiber Flip Mop (Kitchen) We have recently gone Green with our cleaning & needed a new mop. I wanted one gadget that could do mulitple things & this was the top choice.It works great on tile, wood, & other surfaces.Its very well made- sturdy but not heavyYou can wash the pad up to 100 times before replacing! I just throw in in the wash with detergent and either baking soda or vinegar cleans right up like new. I hang it to air dry and thats it!It catches all the dirt and easily flips over to mop. I use a vinegar/water combo to clean pur floors and this really helps to make them shine!I love it! Will continue to buy ocedar products! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 17, 2013

    Love it! But got it for less at walmart...

    0 5/5 Kyle Clayton - See all my reviews This review is from: Dual Action Microfiber Flip Mop (Kitchen) I got this mop for $8 at my local walmart. Just saying... But it is a wonderful tool! And I love that the cleaning mats are reusable. More eco-friendly than swiffer and sturdier, too. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 1, 2014

    HATE THIS MOP

    0 1/5 Phyllis M. Campo "Phyllis C." (Metairie, Louisiana) - See all my reviews, February 15, 2014
    List Price: $19.99
    Price: $14.33
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    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.
    Is compatible with theDual Action Flip Mop Refill item #132590
    Double sided Microfiber & Chenille for wet and dry cleaning
    Mop Head rotates 360 degrees
    Is eco-friendly and machine washable up to 100 times


  • Jobar International, Inc.

    Ideaworks Robo Sweeper, Black/Silver

    Home (Jobar International, Inc.)

    Rating (33 reviews):
    (1.7/5)
    Jobar International, Inc.

    Eats Up Batteries While Leaving Dirt

    0 1/5 VIDFAN "specfellow" (Astoria, NY USA) - See all my reviews, February 21, 2012

    Gets stuck after only a few seconds on a perfectly flat floor.

    0 1/5 D. Myerscough (Denison, TX United States) - See all my reviews, May 10, 2012

    save your money

    0 2/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ideaworks Robo Sweeper, Black/Silver (Misc.) does not work well enough to even be worth the trouble of placing a swifter on. I did not get what i paid for, thought I would check out an inexpensive modle and if indicated would buy up. The broom is better and easier. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 29, 2012
    List Price: $24.98
    Price: $23.09
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    Never use a broom again
    Save time, money and energy
    Sweeps away, debris, pet hair, dust, allergens and more from hardwood, linoleum and other hard surfaces


  • Irobot

    Mint 4200 Automatic Robotic Floor Cleaner Factory Reconditioned

    CE (Irobot)
    List Price: $249.99
    Price: $112.99
    You Save: $137.00 (55%)

    Compact robot floor cleaner runs up to 3 hours on single charge using microfiber cloths or most brands of disposable cloths
    Factory Reconditioned to new operating specs
    Guided by North Star Navigation System to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along room perimeter
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change
    Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished


  • Smart Pool

    Smart Kleen Universal Robotic Swimming Pool Floor Cleaner

    Lawn & Patio (Smart Pool)

    Rating (11 reviews):
    (2.7/5)
    Smart Pool

    Stopped working on the 5th cleaning ....

    0 1/5 Greg "sunsolaris4me" (Richmond, VA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Smart Kleen Universal Robotic Swimming Pool Floor Cleaner So you know the expression "you should listen to your gut"? After reading previous reviews, I should have listened to my gut. Bought this cleaner because it was 200 to 300 cheaper than other pool cleaners with similar functionality. Should have spent the extra dough. The first four cleanings were decent and I was amazed at how it worked. Then on run number 5 ..... just sits there and bobs but doesn't crawl. So now, I've got to go through the effort of sending it back to SmartKleen and I'm wondering what kind of service support I'm gonna get. If it is like the product quality .... I'm back to a dirty pool bottom for a while. Wish I could get a refund, but I guess I have no choice. Hoping my review gives others that choice. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 30, 2012

    excellent pool bottom debris vacuum

    I purchased this device because I have a problem with debris in the bottom of the pool, and I wanted something that did not require connection to the pool filtration system.In the past I used a pool shark that was only effective when powered by the water pressure generated by the pool filter pump at its highest speed. Rather than continue to pay the electric bill penalty for sweeping the pool with water pressure, I opted to get an electric powered sweep.I read the reviews on this product and hesitated to get this model, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. So far, so good.The device works as expected. During it's two-hour period of operation, it manages to cover all of the area of the pool where debris accumulates. (I have trees that overhang the pool and a lot of blowing sand in the air.) The exceptions are the steps in the shallow end and a submerged bench beneath the waterfall. The device does not climb the wall high enough to reach the... 4/5 Amazon Customer "jlhughes" (Sacramento, CA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Smart Kleen Universal Robotic Swimming Pool Floor Cleaner I purchased this device because I have a problem with debris in the bottom of the pool, and I wanted something that did not require connection to the pool filtration system.In the past I used a pool shark that was only effective when powered by the water pressure generated by the pool filter pump at its highest speed. Rather than continue to pay the electric bill penalty for sweeping the pool with water pressure, I opted to get an electric powered sweep.I read the reviews on this product and hesitated to get this model, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. So far, so good.The device works as expected. During it's two-hour period of operation, it manages to cover all of the area of the pool where debris accumulates. (I have trees that overhang the pool and a lot of blowing sand in the air.) The exceptions are the steps in the shallow end and a submerged bench beneath the waterfall. The device does not climb the wall high enough to reach the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 18, 2012

    Worked for 1.5 yrs...Then.........

    0 1/5 Joe Russo "Pool happy" (NJ) - See all my reviews, April 29, 2014
    Robotic pool cleaner that cleans both above-ground and in-ground swimming pools
    Features a new revolutionary light weight design and 2 hour automatic shut-off
    1 year warranty
    Comes complete with a reusable filtration bag, 40' power cord and 24v power supply


  • iRobot

    Evolution Robotics Mint Plus Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 5200

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $349.99

    Compact size gets under furniture and other hard to reach places
    Low maintenance - no bins to empty or filters to replace - and whisper quiet
    Square shape cleans all the way into corners
    Cleans up to 4 hours on a single charge - fast charging
    Includes Pro-Clean System