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[DPRG] roomba's girlfriend

Subject: [DPRG] roomba's girlfriend
From: ed at okerson.com ed at okerson.com
Date: Mon Nov 1 12:27:50 CDT 2010

When I was in college, I worked briefly selling Rainbow Vacuum cleaners
(or at least attempting to sell them).  The Rainbow is unique in that it
uses water as the filter.  It uses a fan mechanism that blows the incoming
dirty air through a tank in the bottom that is filled with water, so the
dust stays in the water and the air bubbles back out.  It was always a
pain though to have to empty the tank of dirty water after cleaning.  I
always thought it would be cool to build one of those into a toilet for a
whole house vacuum system, when the vacuum turns off, just flush to get
fresh water in the tank.  Combine this with the idea of the vacuum
cleaning out the Roomba and you have a complete system.

Ed Okerson

> wow! is that a german roomba? too expensive for me though.
> the trash bin in the base is too small. i'm thinking of using a 10gal
> wet/dry
> vac.
> maybe we can robotize the wet/dry vac to roll itself to the dumpster
> outside and
> dump its contents....    a completely self sufficient cleaning system that
> rarely needs cleaning.
> i say 'rarely' because sometimes i have to flip roomba upside-down and dig
> crap
> out of his brush.
> hey, can we program the roomba to 'spit' things out of his brush instead
> of just
> beeping and blinking? all he has to do is reverse the spin of the brush
> and roll
> backwards about a foot...   kinda like what a cat does when coughing up
> furballs.
> RoBoTrOcK =]
> ________________________________
> From: Stuart Stegall <keltor at keltor.org>
> To: vincent lopresti <spaceminers2010 at yahoo.com>
> Cc: "dprglist at dprg.org" <dprglist at dprg.org>
> Sent: Mon, November 1, 2010 12:02:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [DPRG] roomba's girlfriend
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM, vincent lopresti
> <spaceminers2010 at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> okay, i love the roomba vacuum...      except when i have to empty the
> dirt
> conainer. it may be easy for you normal guys but i have paralyzed hands.
> therefore, anything i can get my robots to do for me the less i get
> frustrated.
>>i want to modify the dirt container with a vacuum port on the top. when
>> the
>>roomba parks to recharge, it...
>>1. activates a simple actuator to lower a hose from a wet/dry vac over
>> the
>>roomba's new vac port.
>>2. powers up the wet/dry vac for a few seconds.
>>3. raises wet/dry hose when finished.
>>has this been accomplished already? if not, would anyone like to help
>> with this
>>RoBoTrOcK =]
>>DPRGlist mailing list
>>DPRGlist at dprg.org
>>Look at how the Karcher RC3k does it.  I know it empties itself.
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