Why your vacuum cleaning robot needs a brain

When I think about then the thing I hate most about vacuuming is not necessarily the time I need to spent on it – it’s more about the noise… – and then the time I need to spent on doing it because we have a cattery and way to many cats not to vacuum a lot !

So I got myself and old iRobot roomba 555 a couple of years ago, just before I started all this home automation. And of course with the cats I will never be able to not vacuum anymore ever, but it turned out that I still have to listen to all the noise when it was driving around. Then of course I can time to only fool around – because it does that – but somehow it not how it’s supposed to work with a robot. Just clean, when you are on your own and don’t bother me about it – that is more like it should be!

So I got myself a RooWifi board for my Roomba, and luckily somebody have made a plugin for Indigo Domotics server. Until recently my Roomba have only been fooling around when we are not at home as it is triggered only to clean when we are away using this nice location php script that can locate my iPhone.

Unfortunately my Roomba performed a lobotomy on itself not so long ago and somehow managed to break of and ruin the RooWifi board. So lets see maybe the new Roomba 900 from iRobot with wifi will replace it soon.

If you wan’t to avoid the lobotomy scenario look at this page http://homematic-forum.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=17168


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