Vacuuminator, the home-made vacuum cleaner robot


Hey there robot lovers,
The vacuum cleaner robot on the previous post is now complete and here are some pics and a video.
At the moment I am working on a docking station for the robot to charge itself and automatically clean the house every day, at the same hour. It will be awesomelicious.

This is the prototype circuit, we will print a new circuit now.

And here is a video that you can see how vacuuminator tracks items (couch and table in this example) in order to clean the edges and corners.

Vacuuminator, the home-made vacuum cleaner robot from MrBeaver on Vimeo.

  1. #1 by TheRubikCube on September 24, 2009 - 6:43 am

    Cool, robots.

    Referring to the post, Small Fella, how do you build that robot? Can you draw a schematic for it? I would really like to use that as a template for my BEAM bot. Of course, you will be in my credits.

    Can email it to me? (thercube@gmail com – add a period)

    Thanks and continue building these fantasic robots.

  2. #2 by Tolga on January 14, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Hey there, it was a quite simple robot, I believe the circuit was on:
    http://costaricabeam.solarbotics.net/Circuits/Vores_Main.htm

    It was probably the “Battery Vore” circuit there. Not sure tho, it has been some time since Ive built it.

  3. #3 by cosmin on February 5, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Hello, i really enjoyed your videos about your robots, and i think it’s so cool to be able to build such things.
    I would really like to learn how to make them, i know this sound like a crappy question, but i’m not a noob, i am kinda familiar with programming, more on web programming and a little C++.
    So can you recommend me some tutorials or resources something you started on when you were like me ?:)

    Thanks!

  4. #4 by Tolga on February 7, 2010 - 12:09 am

    Hi there Cosmin,

    I am usually using Arduino (an open source platform that uses Atmel microprocessors.).
    It has its own syntax, but it is quite similar to java and an easy one to use. http://www.arduino.cc/
    There are many other microprocessors out there such as PIC that you can use.

    But to use these, you need some electronics knowledge, if you never built any robot before, I suggest you to check out http://www.solarbotics.com . They have some nice kits to start robotics.

    Good luck =)

  5. #5 by Vacuum Guru on December 1, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    Oh Wow I love it!. I really like that you have used an actual vacuum head so it is likely to really pick dirt up!. Most of these things are simply motorised brushes and flat don’t work. I have a self help vacuum site that I am building http://www.vacuumsmart.info and I am going to create a section for stuff like this. I would love it if you use the contact page of my site to let me know of any improvements I will be happy to post about them!

  6. #6 by robotic vacuum reviews on June 21, 2011 - 3:24 am

    So, does this mean the neato or roomba is in trouble? Good work, I don’t know how you did it. I can only wish I was able to do stuff like this.

  7. #7 by Tolga on June 21, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    No of course they are not in trouble. Those are professional cleaning robots. Vacuuminator is simply made from recycled materials for much more cheaper. I can not compare the A.I. since I don’t have a roomba to inspect.

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