Build your own RoboVac
Robot vacuums are obviously a wonderful addition to the floor care market but those people who want to get under the hood and make their own can now do so with a handy online tutorial from the Circuit Digest website.
The tutorial goes through all the materials and scavenged electronics you may need including electric motors, infrared and ultrasonic sensors, a battery, cheap handheld car vacuum and an Arduino Uno microcontroller board to tie everything together.
The results may vary depending on your patience, programming level and soldering skills but it could at least give you an appreciation for the level of design that goes into making one of these little wonders!
Dyson V8 Cord Free Vacuum
Dyson has unveiled its latest generation cord-free vacuum. This iteration features a new motor that delivers up to 110,000rpm of powerful fade-free suction while weighing in at just 2.6kg. The Dyson V8 cord-free vacuum cleaner doesn’t just clean the floor, but quickly transforms between handheld and stick modes to clean down low, up high and everywhere in-between with increases in runtime up to 40 minutes, decreases in noise by 50% and 115Aw of suction compared to 100Aw on previous models.
The V8 also features a new bin emptying mechanism. As the bin is emptied, a rubber collar slides down the shroud, scraping dirt off. This enables the user to hygienically drive out trapped dust and debris in a single action, with no need to touch the dirt. Additionally, the bin has higher capacity than previous generation and a redesigned whole machine filtration system captures allergens and expels cleaner air.
Tools are included to remove dust and dirt. Each one is designed for specific tasks – so you can remove dirt from all over the home whether it’s removing pet hair and ground-in dirt from stairs, in the car or on furniture. All tools feature a new quick release catch enabling the user to change smoothly between tasks.