When a person thinks of “technology”, I’d bet that the word “vacuums” is probably one of the last things they’d ever associate with it. From handheld, to canister, to car vacuums, these products are somewhat technological, but not anything home to write about. Robot vacuums, on the other hand, are another story. They are actually pretty damn technologically impressive.
Most of us are familiar with what a robot vacuum is, and what it does – those Roomba commercials are all over the place – but not many people know how they actually work, and what kind of technology goes into producing and manufacturing them. The Roomba runs on a rechargeable NiMH battery, which equals about two hours of cleaning time, which is pretty cool. They have what’s called a “mobility system” that consists of two motor-driven tracked wheels, which helps it steer itself.
A Roomba actually features five motors, which is a lot when you consider how small those vacuums are. They help power the self-navigation system, which is probably the coolest technological wonder of any robot vacuum – it’s how they move around from room to room, and seemingly always know which areas to clean, all by themselves. The Roomba’s Aware system has multiple sensors which pick up data, send it back to the product’s microprocessor, and that drives where the Roomba goes to clean.
Finally, there’s the size of the room. When you first turn a Roomba on, it calculates the size of the room it’s about to clean – which is a marvel if you ask me. It uses its infra-red sensors to avoid obstacles, and navigates the room in a circular motion at first, making its way around the room, and then it works its way back into the center. All the while you are watching TV or out at work.
Pretty impressive if you ask me.