Tiny DIY Roomba cleans desks and counter tops

Tiny DIY Roomba cleans desks and counter tops

Arduino CrewOctober 2nd, 2023

The long run we had been promised was supposed to incorporate robotic maids and flying automobiles. The long run we bought has Roomba vacuums and Southwest Airways. However at the least these Roomba vacuum robots work fairly nicely for preserving flooring barely cleaner. Sadly, they go away elevated surfaces untouched and dust-ridden. To deal with that limitation, Jared Dilley constructed this tiny DIY Roomba to clean his desk.

Dilley is a canine proprietor and so his desk finally ends up with fairly a little bit of mud and free hair, regardless that his canine is giant and doesn’t sit on the desk — a thriller all pet homeowners will discover relatable. Luckily, Dilley is an engineer and had already created a small Arduino-controlled tank robotic some time again. That operated a bit like a Roomba and would drive round till its ultrasonic sensor detected an impediment, at which level it could flip. Dilley simply wanted to repurpose that robotic into small imply cleansing machine.

The 3D-printed robotic operates underneath the management of an Arduino UNO Rev3 via a motor driver defend. Initially, it solely had the ultrasonic sensor, which was sufficient to detect obstacles in entrance of the robotic. However as a result of its new job is to patrol desks and counter tops, Dilley had so as to add “cliff” sensors to maintain it from falling off. He selected to place an infrared sensor at every of the entrance two corners. The Arduino will register the shortage of a mirrored image when a kind of sensors goes previous an edge, and can then change course. A Swiffer-like attachment on the again of the robotic wipes up mud and canine hair.

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