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New open-source challenge: home automation

Miguel Tomás
Artificial Intelligence and IoT research and prototype
・2 min read

This is a really #cheap robot mop cleaner. And is the best device to benchmark what is a good ,functional home product. I've been testing it this morning, and to my surprise it does what is suppose to do : wet and clean the floor. However, don't assume because it's a robot it will do all things for you. It doesn't. To get the best cleaning results, the mop needs to be literally water saturated to a point of dripping. Also, another non documented trick is, the floor cleaning agent / detergent. I have mine on a spray bottle, and gave the mop a good spray all around before pushing the start button.
Since this robot cleaning does not feature a path finder / trace , the best course of action is to limit the cleaning areas and divide spaces into small 5 or 6 m2 space areas. Finally under sofa and under the bed is now properly cleaned with this cheap $30 cleaning robot.
As usual, here's the challenge:
Products like these are the best to give a boost when prototyping and doing product development. During upcoming weeks ill be adding the functionality of knowing where the robot is in the room , "spacial awareness", and where it has passed and mopped the floor. Ill be using an arduino nano sense ble to achive this. At the end all will be accessible on a open-source Android app and also on the edge computing home server I'm already building (open data and source). Total cost: around 50€.This is a really #cheap robot mop cleaner. And is the best device to benchmark what is a good, functional home product. I've been testing it this morning, and to my surprise, it does what is supposed to do: wet and clean the floor. However, don't assume because it's a robot it will do all things for you. It doesn't. To get the best cleaning results, the mop needs to be literally water-saturated to a point of dripping. Also, another non-documented trick is the floor cleaning agent/detergent. I have mine on a spray bottle and gave the mop a good spray all-around before pushing the start button.
Since this robot cleaning does not feature a pathfinder/trace, the best course of action is to limit the cleaning areas and divide spaces into small 5 or 6 m2 space areas. Finally under the sofa and under the bed is now properly cleaned with this cheap $30 cleaning robot.
As usual, here's the challenge:
Products like these are the best to give a boost when prototyping and doing product development. During upcoming weeks ill be adding the functionality of knowing where the robot is in the room, "spatial awareness", and where it has passed and mopped the floor. I'll be using an Arduino nano sense BLE to achieve this. In the end, all will be accessible on an open-source Android app and also on the edge computing home server I'm already building (open data and source). Total cost: around 50€.

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