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Irobot Roomba 560 vacuum cleaner

Postby Bwired » Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:10 am

I finally got the Roomba 560 Robot vacuum cleaner from http://www.irobotstore.nl (great service there btw)
Wow what a robust device. It has a Open Interface http://www.bwired.nl/images/how/irobot.pdf Infrared and a 2.4Ghz remote.
Now I'm going to integrate it with my Home Automation system.

Check my Dutch weblog as well
http://www.bwired.nl/weblog.asp?id=263

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Postby Bastiaan » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:35 am

Great to read about it, was thinking about one too.
Hope to see a way to connect it to Homeseer soon.
(nice picture too! :-) )
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Postby Bwired » Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:08 am

Hi Bastiaan,
My Girlys are fun too, but can't be controlled [:)]
For now I'm thinking about controlling the Roomba 560 by Infrared with the Irtrans. So I think Homeseer is no problem, Chak is using the Irtrans combined with Homeseer.
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Postby Snelvuur » Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:18 am

i assume the misses is also pleased with the new "project" i know mine did.

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Postby TANE » Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:04 pm

Roomba 560 is big..how can it clean small corners or between the chairs?
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Postby Bwired » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:23 pm

Right, some small corners are sometimes difficult but overall a very good performance. And under the table between the chairs was no problem. I'm very pleased and the misses also like Erik stated :-)
This night it cleaned the room and this morning I emptied the trashcan and the result was like Wow!
I have a cleaner who is coming once a week and she can do the little corners.
Overall I like the robust device and it has a very high Gadget factor :-)
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Postby Bwired » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:50 pm

Checked the cleaning between the chairs of the dining room, but no problem here, goes nicely between them.
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Postby Snelvuur » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:43 am

it also goes underneath my closets, which i normally would not do. Only thing was that she set the timer wrong, because the intial time was faulty. It started cleaning at 02:00.. was pretty scary hearing funny noises downstairs..

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Postby Noel » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:10 pm

Some time ago I lost my Romba.
I was looking for it for some time until I found it back halfway up the curtain :-)

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Postby Bwired » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:54 pm

Haha, I wondered about that? So it can happen, the engine combined with the wheels are quit strong!
My Roomba pulled the phone from the table when it got stuck with the powerline :-)
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Postby Noel » Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:29 pm

a friend of mine lost his roomba for days! He could just not find it back anywhere in the house, and he was really puzzled about it.

Some weeks later he was laying down on the couch to wach a movie, and he felt something sticking up in his back/a$$.
Guess what it was.. Yes.. The Roomba.. One of his cats must have pulled down the cover stuff underneath the couch, and the Roomba drove itself up into the the couch :-)
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Postby drmacchi » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:26 pm

Hi all, today during an unattended sunday shopping, my wife forced me to drive in a commercial center where i saw 3 roomba-boxes, after 10 minutes (399, do i buy , don't i buy that ...) one box was in my hands...startup was not good, after 30 minutes charge i got error 5 ! what dam ! it speaks and says error 5, try again recharge 30 min. error 5...... fuc******* , so i googled error 5 and found a trhead about this error "battery pack doesn't get in touch with its electrical contacts" . ok i opened back , pull out the battery. put it inside again and i heard a very pleasant UH OH coming from roomba, it was satisfied ! now it's charging like a charm ready to start Monday jobs.
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Postby Bwired » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:33 pm

Thats not a good start!
I have my Roomba running now for almost 4 weeks and I'm very satisfied with it!
One tip: don't leave small things or wires on the floor, the Roomba will eat them :-)
Next is to hook the Roomba up with my Irtrans device.
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Postby Snelvuur » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:52 pm

i have to say, that small things it doesn't pick them up, like hard "rijst" it doesn't pick all of them up for some odd reason.. it seems my old does a better job??!?

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Postby drmacchi » Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:22 pm

Recharge finished. It works great! Now i will think about weekly planning. Any tips or tricks?
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