Roombas Robot Roots - Testing the Roomba

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2007-09-13
 
 
 

Roombas Robot Roots

The Roomba 560 shown doing what it does best -- cleaning hard surfaces and along edges. While the little robot can do a good job with other surfaces, including carpet, it really excels on wood floors.

Roombas Robot Roots

Roombas Robot Roots - The Roomba\s Controls

The control panel of the Roomba 560 shows some of the robots new capabilities. For example, theres a voice demo that leads the user through some programming functions. The Roomba can be scheduled to perform tasks while the user is away or asleep, and i

Roombas Robot Roots - The Roomba\s Controls

Roombas Robot Roots - Guiding the Roomba

The Roomba 560 comes with a device called a Lighthouse that replaces the Virtual Wall of the original Roomba. The Lighthouse is used to mark the doorway into a new room, so that the robot knows where one room ends and another begins. This wa

Roombas Robot Roots - Guiding the Roomba

Roombas Robot Roots - Testing the Roomba

eWEEK Labs Assistant Alex, a 6-month-old Golden Retriever, was assigned to play a critical role in testing the Roombas cleaning abilities. He was instructed to shed as much puppy hair as possible, which he did constantly. This gave the robot something to

Roombas Robot Roots - Testing the Roomba

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