Monday, November 8, 2010

The Ghost Inside A Domestic Robot

I enjoy my domestic floor cleaning robot friends but sometimes they seem to have their own spirit or may I say electronic ghost within them. One of my helpers, a Roomba 560, has decided to play sick recently. This little "guy" worked each day without a complaint and cleaned all the floors with a simile under that black/gray shroud. It only asked for a new battery after about 2 years of faithful and hard work from which I gave him one that he deserved. Last week I left this guy to take care most of the floors of my domain while his grandpa, Roomba 4000 "Discovery" series that keeps on ticking, was taking of the smaller areas. Soon after I disconnected from the grid I noticed the Roomba 560 giving me the finger! Yes! The FINGER!

In Roomba 500 series language that is the exclamation sign and 10 ugly beeps! Guess what? After much troubleshooting I found that his IR sensors inside the bumper left switch gave up the fight. I give iRobot kudos for great domestic robotics at a decent price and so I thought. Many of the internal components (electronics, DC motors, plastics, etc) were never designed to last much. I would say to expect about 2 - 3 years maximum life on their latest line of domestic robot floor cleaners. Why? Price, demand and the throwaway mentality. The nice thing is that I do not throwaway, I rebuild. I can see the next Tip of The Month coming soon. My poor little Roomba, Papa will make you Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!

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