Understanding Robots in Form of Vacuum Cleaners

Understanding Robots in Form of Vacuum Cleaners

A few decades back, the very idea of using robots as vacuum cleaners was not just regarded as revolutionary but as a major leap in terms of technological advancement, especially with regard to making life easier for human beings. Since then this field has served as a subject for continuous evolution wherein the present-day versions have come a long way from their first-generation prototypes in terms of design, functionality and efficiency.

For those who are yet to explore and assimilate this concept, a robotic vacuum cleaner entails using robots in place of conventional vacuum cleaners. What renders these machines better is that the user is just required to provide specific instructions as also the time schedule. Then he can just sit back while the robot moves around independently, performs all the tasks assigned to it in a logical sequence and reports to the user from its docking station once everything has been accomplished.

In terms of appearance, most of the robotic vacuum cleaners come in a round shape, stand at a height of 3-4 inches from the ground and have a diameter of 12 inches. While the design might vary from one manufacturer to another, some standard features that characterize all robots under this category are an outer shell featuring a control panel, a variety of brushes and sensors. Presence of an LCD monitor is not mandatory but a bumper is a must as it saves the machine from bumping into objects marking its path.

For robots, it is the docking station that serves as their nest wherein they charge their batteries during the time that they are not cleaning. Another purpose of the docking station is to emit a homing signal in form of a ‘V’ shaped beam that enables the robot to detect its position. Thus while the robot steers clear of the beam during the cleaning cycle, it utilizes the signal to return to the docking station as soon as it runs out of charge.

Being user friendly, robots as vacuum cleaners are truly a blessing for the old and impaired who suffer from limited mobility, thus proving their benefit to mankind.

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