Robot Vacuum Cleaner
August 8, 2011
After doing some searching the last few days I've found that either there is very little information on people who have created their own autonomous vacuum cleaners, or iRobot has done an amazing job at taking up a vast majority of searches on the subject every place I've found. Given the high cost of the Roomba, and the relative cheap-ness of robot parts, this is surprising to me. I've seen posts for the crumbot, and the post for the bot using that $7 mushroom vac from dealxtreme. So I'm wondering, is there any more information available?
The two scenarios I see for making this are either the vac mentioned above mounted to a robot, or going to Big Lots, finding a dirt-cheap vacuum cleaner, cut bits off, and build a robot around it. Having spent a week reading various things on this site I can say that I trust the group's intelligence much more than my own on this decision, and seeing all the help I got in my previous thread I figure this will be a good way to get ideas as to which direction I should go.
For the record I'm leaning towards the small vac a bit because I've come up with an idea that will give me a sort of PTO system for my robot. Basically there would be an adapter plate on the front which various accessories could mount to (ie: vacuum cleaner), and then build my own wiring harness (likely out of a molex connector or something) that would provide both power, and access to pins on the arduino (I'm pretty set on this board due to its ease of use) to be able to use sensors (ie: for a vacuum I'd want bump sensors on the front-mounted vacuum rather than on the front of the bot, so it would reach into corners). Or is this idea, like my last one, likely too crazy for an absolute beginner?