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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)
    List Price: $39.99
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    Uses exclusive, disposable electrostatic cloths
    Collects and retains dust and hair on an electrostatic disposable cloth
    Self rotating duster with automatic navigation
    Runs on rechargeable batteries, no need for cords.
    Refills available on Amazon


  • iRobot

    Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200

    Home (iRobot)
    List Price: $199.99

    Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change
    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


  • RoboMop

    RoboMop SoftBase Robotic Floor Sweeper

    Home (RoboMop)

    Gentle to furniture- soft frame makes impact as gentle as possible
    RoboMop dustmops your floors so you don't have to
    The soft base design allows for even better access to corners
    Uses non woven electrostatic pads that reduces swirling dust


  • iTouchless

    iTouchless Robotic Intelligent Vacuum Cleaner PRO

    Home (iTouchless)

    Rating (111 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
    Goes under beds and furniture
    Remote control for manual operation
    Safety features build-in for unattended operation
    New PRO model with "Flat" Design
    Fully automatic and smart cleaner for all floor surfaces


  • iRobot

    iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (133 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    iRobot

    iRobot Braava - loved by this homeowner (and her cats too)!

    I love this little robot. It's so quiet even my cats adore it; they follow it around and pretend to be scared (Run away! Run away!) when it turns around and appears to chase thrm. Then they take a nap on the sofa while it cleans the room.It would almost be worth the money just for that show every time i use it, but it also does an exceptional job cleaning my hardwood floors. It works far better than the roomba that i had, which was excrutiatingly loud and worse, it was so messy to clean out after it vacuumed i always had to clean the floor again AFTER using it.The iRobot Braava is not a vacuum though, it pushes (or drags) its pile of dust and cat hair along as it goes. Surprisingly it doesn't deposit any of it along it's way. I did accidentally begin (and have continued) by using what is supposed to be the wet cloth on its dry cleanings - maybe that helps, since it's thicker than a swiffer cloth. At the end of a Mint session the dirt it is hauling along is... 5/5 Lush Landscapes (New York) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) I love this little robot. It's so quiet even my cats adore it; they follow it around and pretend to be scared (Run away! Run away!) when it turns around and appears to chase thrm. Then they take a nap on the sofa while it cleans the room.It would almost be worth the money just for that show every time i use it, but it also does an exceptional job cleaning my hardwood floors. It works far better than the roomba that i had, which was excrutiatingly loud and worse, it was so messy to clean out after it vacuumed i always had to clean the floor again AFTER using it.The iRobot Braava is not a vacuum though, it pushes (or drags) its pile of dust and cat hair along as it goes. Surprisingly it doesn't deposit any of it along it's way. I did accidentally begin (and have continued) by using what is supposed to be the wet cloth on its dry cleanings - maybe that helps, since it's thicker than a swiffer cloth. At the end of a Mint session the dirt it is hauling along is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 16, 2013

    my place... was ... disgusting

    850 square feet of tiled and hardwood floored filth. I thought I vacuumed.. I thought I swiffered... I was wrong. I was living in filth, and I had no idea. This baby works. Have hard floors? Get it. The price made me a touch nervous, heck, we all have friends who hate their robotic cleaners. This is not the robot your friend/coworker has who hates it; this is legit. An awesome cat ninja dirt filth assassin you will name and adore.Does the swiffer action work? Heck to the yes. It picks up tons of stuff just like a dry cloth on the end of aluminum stick that I was beholden to for far too long. But, this baby is smaller, more nimble and I am not physically pushing it. You may still need to pull out the swiffer vacuum for tight corners; who cares!? Thanks to this baby I now have a second job making/selling toupees online with all the hair this bloodhound of filth finds.Does the wet mop action work? Yes, but not to really scrub. It really freshens and... 5/5 thatguywhoreviewsstuff - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) 850 square feet of tiled and hardwood floored filth. I thought I vacuumed.. I thought I swiffered... I was wrong. I was living in filth, and I had no idea. This baby works. Have hard floors? Get it. The price made me a touch nervous, heck, we all have friends who hate their robotic cleaners. This is not the robot your friend/coworker has who hates it; this is legit. An awesome cat ninja dirt filth assassin you will name and adore.Does the swiffer action work? Heck to the yes. It picks up tons of stuff just like a dry cloth on the end of aluminum stick that I was beholden to for far too long. But, this baby is smaller, more nimble and I am not physically pushing it. You may still need to pull out the swiffer vacuum for tight corners; who cares!? Thanks to this baby I now have a second job making/selling toupees online with all the hair this bloodhound of filth finds.Does the wet mop action work? Yes, but not to really scrub. It really freshens and... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 4, 2014

    Cleaning Buddy

    This iRobot Braava 320 works great on my ceramic tile floors.There is a large (nine feet by twenty-one feet in some places) foyer in this house that gets high usage from two entry doors. Off the foyer is an eight by twelve kitchen floor. Although the kitchen creates an "L" there is no obstruction -- it's just one smooth expanse of ceramic tiles.On the "sweep" setting, the iRobot takes care of this entire expanse, even when the direction cube is placed in the foyer. With the microfiber cloth, it does a fantastic job of dust-mopping the floor. When I first used it, I was fascinated by the criss-crossing patterns the iRobot was making, grabbed my Swiffer, and dust-mopped nearby sections of floor. Later, when the microfiber cloth was in the laundry, I attached a Swiffer dry cloth to the iRobot cleaning pad -- it fit perfectly. The microfiber cloth grabs some of the larger debris, but the Swiffer cloths don't do as good a job -- they're better for dust and fine... 5/5 J. A. Bell "she reads xyz" (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews, October 23, 2013
    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
    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
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty of filters to change


  • iRobot

    iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (316 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    iRobot

    With proper expectations set, this is the droid you've been looking for.

    We've had this little guy for about three months and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn't be happier with it's performance.This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you'll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.That's not to say you're completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a "set it and forget it" robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don't fold your clothes.The Braava, is like an appliance in that way... 5/5 Dan (Boston, MA) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) We've had this little guy for about three months and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn't be happier with it's performance.This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you'll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.That's not to say you're completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a "set it and forget it" robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don't fold your clothes.The Braava, is like an appliance in that way... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 25, 2013

    Good for floors that you cant use Scooba on

    I have been a fan of the IRobot series of robot for several years now since originally purchasing a 300 series Scheduler (named Fred) and then later on the Scooba (named Wilma). And although not perfect, I have a few gripes about each, I still like these little cleaning wonders. The Braava 380 floor mopping robot is one of the latest offerings for iRobot with the Braava 380t being the higher end model of their floor mopping series and an alternative to the wet mopping Scooba. Since moving a couple years back and going from a house that had the type of flooring that a Scooba was ok to use with (i.e. ceramic tile and linoleum) to a different home with wood laminate that is not recommended for use on, I decided to look for an alternative to my Scooba. I originally spotted the Mint and decided to wait to see how the device faired and then after seeing IRobot buying Mint and making a version of their own, I went ahead and got the Braava (you guessed it named Pebbles).The... 4/5 JWink - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) I have been a fan of the IRobot series of robot for several years now since originally purchasing a 300 series Scheduler (named Fred) and then later on the Scooba (named Wilma). And although not perfect, I have a few gripes about each, I still like these little cleaning wonders. The Braava 380 floor mopping robot is one of the latest offerings for iRobot with the Braava 380t being the higher end model of their floor mopping series and an alternative to the wet mopping Scooba. Since moving a couple years back and going from a house that had the type of flooring that a Scooba was ok to use with (i.e. ceramic tile and linoleum) to a different home with wood laminate that is not recommended for use on, I decided to look for an alternative to my Scooba. I originally spotted the Mint and decided to wait to see how the device faired and then after seeing IRobot buying Mint and making a version of their own, I went ahead and got the Braava (you guessed it named Pebbles).The... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 3, 2013

    Good for maintenance, but will not clean a dirty floor

    I so desperately wanted this to work. As the mom of two kids under five, my floors remain perpetually sticky thanks to spilled juice, dribbled dinner, and a host of other toddler-induced messes. I was thrilled thinking that this floor mopping robot would help make my work load easier. It made me sad to learn that it did little more than just wipe my floors down. I tried it a few different ways: once with the dry sweeping cloth, once with water and the wet mopping cloth, and once with a swiffer wet cloth. It is super easy to use and after the first time I used it, it seemed to learn my kitchen fairly quickly. The bottom of the cloth showed that it had picked up some dirt, but there were still several spots of the floor that I later had to go back and clean by hand. If your floors are already in fairly good condition and you just want a quick touch-up between deep cleanings, I think the Braava can handle that, but if your floors are genuinely in need of mopping, this isn't going to make... 3/5 Mama Bear - See all my reviews, October 8, 2013
    List Price: $299.99
    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
    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
    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
    Quiet operation and compact shape. Sweeps and mops hard surface floors. Sweep and Mop Mode.
    Knows where not to go- Braava's smart sensors avoid stairs, area rugs and raised transitions to carpet


  • caSino187

    Super Extended iRobot Braava 380t Battery 2500mAH 7.2V NI-MH Mint 5200B Floor Sweeper

    Home (caSino187)

    Rating (1 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    caSino187

    How I Saved Money And Regained Mental Peace.

    I have a that started behaving badly (Stops after bumping) . Called IRobot and they spend about 15 minutes, decided it was damaged and since it was under warranty, send a replacement. After about a year, the replacement also started behaving badly. The cycle repeated but this time IRobot said I am not under warranty and Mint has been discontinued. So they can sell me a at discount,which I agreed to. Since it was at a discount , only the main unit will be shipped and I am supposed to use the pad,battery,charger etc. I tried the braava to notice it was behaving the same way.Then it stuck... 5/5 Big Data Paramedic "Chandra" (South Florida, USA) - See all my reviews, August 7, 2014
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    This is the longest lasting battery currently available
    7.2V Ni-MH 2500mAh
    Replacement Long Lasting Battery for Braava 380t and Mint 55200B
    The most reliable brand for your robot, caSino187!


  • Mint

    Mint Microfiber Mopping Cloths 3 Pack

    Home (Mint)
    List Price: $19.99

    Made with Starfiber microfiber
    3 pack includes 3 cloths for mopping
    Compatible with Mint Pro-Clean Reservoir Pad and Mint Multi-Purpose Cleaning Pad
    Washable and reusable


  • RoboMaid

    RoboMaid Floor Sweeper

    Home (RoboMaid)
    List Price: $60.00

    Comes with RoboMaid, rechargeable battery & charger, and 8 pads
    Innovative patented solution to floor dusting
    Electrostatic pads attract dirt, hair, and dust
    Sweeps your floor so you don't have to!
    Safe on all types of flooring


  • iRobot

    Evolution Robotics Mint Plus Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 5200

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (213 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    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
    Cleans up to 4 hours on a single charge - fast charging
    Square shape cleans all the way into corners
    Low maintenance - no bins to empty or filters to replace - and whisper quiet
    Compact size gets under furniture and other hard to reach places
    Includes Pro-Clean System