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First generation Roomba
First generation Roomba

The Roomba is a robotic vacuum cleaner made and sold by iRobot. The Roomba was first released in 2002 with updates and new models released in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. As of May 2006, over 2 million units have been sold. Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x737, 135 KB) Summary Description: First generation Roomba (Roomba is a trademark of iRobot) Source: Image taken by Larry D. Moore (User:Nv8200p) Date: February 27, 2006 Permission: Released under the GFDL and Creative Commons licenses shown below by Larry D... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x737, 135 KB) Summary Description: First generation Roomba (Roomba is a trademark of iRobot) Source: Image taken by Larry D. Moore (User:Nv8200p) Date: February 27, 2006 Permission: Released under the GFDL and Creative Commons licenses shown below by Larry D... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ... Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ... This article is about the robot company. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Description

This EU Roomba is similar to the third-generation US Roomba Sage.
This EU Roomba is similar to the third-generation US Roomba Sage.

The unit is a disc, 13.4 inches (34 cm) in diameter and less than 3.5 inches (9 cm) high. A large contact-sensing bumper is mounted on the front half of the unit, with an infrared sensor at its top front center. A carrying handle is fitted on the top of the unit. Depending on the model, it comes with one or two "Virtual Wall" infrared transmitter units. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 915 KB) Summary This is an EU roomba, purchased in late 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 915 KB) Summary This is an EU roomba, purchased in late 2005. ... For other uses, see Infrared (disambiguation). ...


First and second-generation models needed to be told the size of the room via three room size buttons (Small, Medium, and Large), but this is no longer required with third-generation models.


The Roomba operates with internal nickel-metal hydride batteries and requires being recharged regularly from a wall plug, although newer third-generation models have a self-charging homebase they automatically try to find (via its infrared beacon). Charging on the homebase takes about three hours. All third-generation Roombas can be used with the homebase, even if they do not come packaged with it. First and second-generation models came packaged with a twelve-hour charger, although a three-hour rapid charger could also be used with them. A nickel metal hydride battery, abbreviated NiMH, is a type of rechargeable battery similar to a nickel-cadmium (NiCd) battery but has a hydrogen-absorbing alloy for the anode instead of cadmium. ...


Using a third-generation Roomba consists of carrying it to wherever the owner would like it to start, pressing the "power" button, then pressing the "clean", "spot", or "max" (if applicable) button. A third-generation Roomba may also be used with the Scheduler accessory. It allows the Roomba to begin cleaning automatically at the time of day that the owner desires. This can be useful for people who want the Roomba to clean while they are at work.


When the "clean", "spot", or "max" button is pressed, the Roomba begins its work. The contact bumper detects bumping into walls and furniture, and the Virtual Walls limit the Roomba to the areas that the owner desires with an infrared signal. Special Scheduler Virtual Walls can be programmed to turn on at the same time the Scheduler-enabled Roomba is activated. Four infrared sensors on the bottom of the unit prevent it from falling off ledges. Third-generation models have additional dirt sensors that allows them to detect particularly dirty spots and focus on those areas accordingly. For other uses, see Infrared (disambiguation). ...


Unlike the Electrolux Trilobite vacuuming robots, Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. Instead, they rely on a few simple algorithms such as spiral cleaning, wall-following and random walk angle-changing after bumping into an object or wall. This design is based on MIT researcher and iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks' philosophy that robots should be like insects, equipped with simple control mechanisms tuned to their environments. The result is that although Roombas are effective at cleaning rooms, they take several times as long to do the job as a person would, usually covering some areas many times and others only once or occasionally not at all. The Electrolux Trilobite is a domestic robot vacuum cleaner manufactured by the Swedish corporation Electrolux. ... In computer science, besides the common use as rule of thumb (see heuristic), the term heuristic has two well-defined technical meanings. ... Example of eight random walks in one dimension starting at 0. ... Rodney Allen Brooks (b. ...


After a certain amount of time (in "clean" mode, third-generation models automatically calculate the time based on the amount of dirt detected and the longest straight-line run they can perform without bumping into an object, while first and second-generation models must be told the room size), the Roomba stops and sings a few triumphant notes. If a homebase is detected, a third-generation Roomba will try to return to it. The owner then removes the dustbin from the unit's rear and empties it into a trash can. With the exception of the first-generation Roomba, an infrared remote control can also be used to control the unit, which is useful for a disabled person. The remote cannot be used near the homebase or Virtual Wall units due to infrared interference from these devices.


The Roomba is not designed for deep-pile carpet. It is low enough to go under a bed or other furniture. If at any time the unit senses that it has become stuck (on rug tassels, for example), it no longer senses the floor beneath it (it has been picked up), or it decides that it has worked its way into a narrow area from which it is unable to escape, it stops and sings a mournful tone to help its owner find it.


Roomba Budget models (Dirt Dog and Model 401) have a simplified interface (a single "Clean" button) and lack some of the program generated flexibility of other versions. They are positioned to be less expensive versions of the Roomba for first-time purchasers. The Roomba Dirt Dog contains sweeping brushes and a larger dust bin but lacks the vacuum motor. It uses the space required for the vacuum for additional dust bin volume. It is designed for home shop or home garage environments. The Roomba Model 401 is similar but has a 'standard' size dust bin and vacuum system. They are compatible with the extended-life batteries, fast charger and schedulers of the Discovery series.


Models

  • First Generation (1G)
    • Roomba (2002, improved in 2003, discontinued)
    • Roomba Pro (2003, discontinued)
    • Roomba Pro Elite, model # 3100, (2003, discontinued)
Roomba Discovery
Roomba Discovery
  • Second Generation (2G) (All 2G Roombas can be updated to 2.1G Roombas)
    • Dirt Dog, model # 1100 (Budget model, sweeper only no internal vacuum) (September 2006)[1]
    • Roomba, model # 4000, now model # 400 (2006)[2]
    • Roomba Red, model # 4100, now model # 410 (2004, improved to 2.1G in 2005) [3]
    • Roomba Sage, model # 4105, now model # 416 (2004, improved to 2.1G in 2005) [4]
    • Roomba Sage, model # 4110, now model # 416 (identical to # 4105, but includes charging base)
    • Roomba Clean Blue, model # 4130, (HSN exclusive model, earliest release of 2.1G Roomba at a special preview price, identical to the 2.1G Sage except for color.(2004, discontinued)
    • Roomba Clean Blue, model # 4130, (HSN exclusive model, earliest realease of 2.1G Roomba at a special preview price, identical to the 2.1G Discovery expect for color) (2004, discontinued)(Although confusing it should be noted both HSN models share the same model number (4130) despite being two very different models.) [5]
    • Roomba Silver, model # 4150, (Amazon.com & Target exclusive model, identical to # 4105, except for a special silver finish)
    • Roomba Sage for Pets, model # 4170 (2006) [6]
    • Roomba Pink Ribbon Edition, model # 4188, (Identical to # 4105 except for color with 20% of the sale price was donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) (2005, discontinued)
    • Roomba Discovery, model # 4210, (2004, improved to 2.1G in 2005)[7]
    • Roomba Discovery SE, model # 4220, (2004, improved to 2.1G in 2005, discontinued)
    • Roomba Scheduler, model # 4225, (same as 4230, but sold at Costco)
    • Roomba Scheduler, model # 4230, (2005) [8]
    • Roomba Discovery for Pets (2006)[9]
    • Roomba Scheduler with Intelli-Bin (July 2006)[10]
  • Third Generation (according to the Official iRobot Website)
    • Roomba 530, 560 and 570 (August 2007)[1]

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Accessories

  • Easy Clean Brush: A brush better designed to tackle pet hair, and is easier to clean (standard on "for pets" models).
  • Remote Control: Control the Roomba remotely (for all second and third generation Roombas).
  • iRobot Scheduler: Program your Roomba to clean around your schedule, even when you’re out. Schedule Upgrade accessory will also update a pre-2.1 Roomba to the 2.1 software (for all third generation Roombas).
  • Homebase: The Roomba automatically returns to this for recharging (for all third generation Roombas).
  • Virtual Wall: Used for keeping the Roomba out of certain areas (for all Roombas).
  • OSMO: A dongle that attaches to the serial port on the Roomba. This updates a pre-2.1 Roomba's firmware to version 2.1 and can also correct the "circle dance" problem (for all third generation Roombas).
  • Advanced Power System (APS) Battery- Rechargeable battery for all Roomba models, that enable Roomba to clean for up to 200 minutes.

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Roomba hacking and programming

Roombas manufactured after October 2005 or upgraded with the Roomba OSMO//hacker contain an electronic and software interface that allows you to control or modify Roomba's behavior and remotely monitor its sensors. The iRobot Roomba Open Interface, previously known as the Roomba Serial Command Interface, is intended for software programmers and roboticists to create their own enhancements to Roomba. Various hardware interface devices are available to access the Roomba using the Roomba Open Interface and some projects are described on Roomba hacking sites. In response to this activity iRobot created the iRobot Create, which is a programmable robot of similar size and shape to the Roomba. This article is about the robot company. ... The iRobot Create is a hobbyist robot based on the Roomba platform and introduced in 2007. ... Program or Programme may refer to: Computer program Radio programming Television program(me), Webcast Program (management) 12-step program Program (The Animatrix), a short film in The Animatrix series Event programme British tabloid form of comic book, called prog in short. ... For other uses, see robot (disambiguation). ...


Other iRobot products

Scooba is an automated robotic floor washer produced by iRobot. ... This article is about the robot company. ... The iRobot Dirt Dog is a cleaning robot based on the Roomba platform which replaces the Roombas vacuum cleaner with a series of brushes designed for cleaning up loose hardware and debris from workshop and garage floors. ... A workshop is a room or building which provides both the area and tools (or machinery) that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods. ... The iRobot Create is a hobbyist robot based on the Roomba platform and introduced in 2007. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Rain gutter A rain gutter (also known as eavestrough, guttering or just gutter) is a narrow channel, or trough, forming the component of a roof system which collects and diverts rainwater shed by the roof. ...

See also

Robotics Portal
Electronics Portal

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References

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External links

  • iRobot, manufacturer and US retailer of Roombas.
  • iRobot Home Robot Community, official forums.
  • Roomba Review Forums The largest and most active discussion site for Roomba users
  • Robotic mapping for Roomba.
  • RoombaDevTools.com, provides development tools to use roomba as a robotic base
  • C# RoombaSCI, Open Source C# Programming Framework for Roomba

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