If you’ve never heard of a Roomba, it’s basically an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner that utilizes a set of sensors to navigate the floor area of a home and clean it. These sensors can detect the presence of obstacles, dirty spots on the floor, and even steep drops to keep it from falling down stairs. The one downfall is that it can’t actually climb up stairs on its own, that is unless…you’re talking about engineer Peter Sripol’s latest creation. Read more for a video of the world’s first flying Roomba.
How does it work? Well, the engineer installed three duct fans, a chipset and custom wiring, which cost him over $200 by the way, to enable it to fly. Unfortunately, the bulkiness of the fans prohibit the 360° suction of the original robot and the fans’ programming prevents automation. To hop stairs or skip landings, you’ll have to manually control the Roomba using a remote.
- 3 Stage Cleaning system loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, and hair from hard floors and carpet
- Dual Multi Surface Brushes work together to grab dust, dirt, and large debris; The Auto Adjust cleaning head automatically adapts its height to effectively clean both carpets and hard floors
- Patented Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high traffic zones of your home
- Full suite of sensors intelligently navigate the robot under and around objects and under furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors
- Edge Sweeping Brush is specially designed at a 27 degree angle to sweep debris away from edges and corners