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Find its way around my room and clean it
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Hello everybody! I have been working on a robot vacuumcleaner for a while now and i would like to share it with you. This project is my experience with robots but … Read more
Vacuums the floors, navigates through the room with an optimized algorithm. Pays attention to edges and corners to clean well.
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Hey guys, its me again. This is the third project I submit here. Vacuuminator is a (obviously) vacuum cleaning robot. It is quite similar to a roomba. I have … Read more
Delta robot with multi-tool end effector
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This is my first delta robot. It isn't perfect yet, but it works. I tried to use different tools in the end-effector. A vacuum pump made with a syringe and a pen … Read more

Creative and Versatile Means of Robot Gripper

BotJunkie.com posted this article of a robotic gripper constructed out of a balloon filled with coffee grounds. It is activated by sucking air in and out of the balloon. It seems to work very well.

 http://www.botjunkie.com/2010/10/26/balloon-plus-coffee-grounds-equals-versatile-robot-gripper/

Autonomously vacuum small debris and recharge
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UPDATE: NEW VAC, CHASSIS, ETC. NO NEW VIDS :( The ever-popular autonomous, self-charging, vacuum robot. Inspired by the old OMNI magazines photovore, of all … Read more

Vacuum forming plastic parts.

Heres a few photos of my home made plastic vacuum former and its maiden test. If you don`t know what vacuum forming is check here, and youtube.

Essentially a sheet of heated plastic is placed over some kind of mould which then has the air sucked out from underneath it. The soft plastic schloops to the shape of the mould and when it cools you have yourself a robot part. It really does sound like schloop if you`re wondering.

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Hand held battery vacuum cleaner

I bought a cheap battery powered vacuum cleaner from dealextreme to build into Ozzy. The idea was to build a front mounted vacuuming attachment as inspired by emullers vacuum bug. I was pretty skeptical of its sucking power and for about $6 with free shipping worldwide I wasn`t expecting it to be very useful. Now that it has arrived I can say yes indeed it does suck! In a good way!

Heres a small pre-hacking photo review.

This robot is navigates by (avoiding) wall and cliff. It moves around the floor, vacuuming it.
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As my first microcontroller robot, I have made a two-wheeled robot with bumper switches and edge-detction (because I have death-causing cliffs in my house). The … Read more

Non-robotic electrical installation

Just thought I'd share what is helping to fund my evil tea making robots. Other electrical projects!

My mother owns a beauty salon that pretty much does everything: hair, waxing, massage, and tanning. The gross part is that when in a hair salon, hair gets EVERYWHERE. Sure, people sweep it up, but the act of tossing it into a trash can and taking that can out throws hair all over the place. It then gets tracked all over the place, even into the ajacent section that has tanning beds gets covered in it. Blechhhh...