I modded my robovac

Posted 5 months ago2020-04-03 00:37:12 UTC
Archie ArchieGoodbye Moonmen
Eufy say it may have voided the warranty...

18 Comments

Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 00:37:29 UTC Comment #102622
What projects are you guys getting up to whilst isolating?
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 03:16:36 UTC Comment #102623
And if you think a flying Roomba is fun just wait till you find out about what you can do when you convert your Roomba to a Doomba!
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 08:14:28 UTC Comment #102624
What projects are you guys getting up to whilst isolating?
I'm working on a mod at the moment. Started it a little bit before the isolation kicked in though.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 10:43:39 UTC Comment #102625
I'm being a sad sack.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 10:45:55 UTC Comment #102626
Aww man, I thought it was a real one. :(
What projects are you guys getting up to whilst isolating?
Meh, not much, trying to get some work done on my idTech 4 game, maybe I'll port a couple of tutorials from GameBanana to TWHL too.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 12:55:01 UTC Comment #102627
Calculus and a mod
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 13:21:50 UTC Comment #102628
Damn Arch, just imagining the hours of tedious motion tracking and keyframing and it makes me realize just what an existential threat boredom can be.

That being said, my daily routine tends to be nothing short of mapping, fucking around in the house, playing D&D with friends and going for a 100% completion playthrough of every Final Fantasy.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 21:03:21 UTC Comment #102630
What haha Archie shit got crazy when that thing left the building.

I launched a Kickstarter and it got succesfully funded in 3 days! Guess everyone's at home on their computers buying stuff.

Here's the link to the Kickstarter if anyone that lives in the US is interested.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rodlessreel/rodless-fishing-reel

Chyeah
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 23:17:42 UTC Comment #102631
Y'all get to isolate?
I work at a grocery store, I don't even have the option of staying home until I actually get sick.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-03 23:33:13 UTC Comment #102632
Congrats on the Kickstarter success, zeeba!
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-04 10:05:42 UTC Comment #102634
@JeffMOD, my wife is in the same boat. Her job is considered essential so she's got an official letter she needs to carry on her, in case she gets stopped. Meanwhile I'm stuck in the house with the kids.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-04 17:14:12 UTC Comment #102635
Thanks Penguinboy. In my County my job is also considered essential so i've been going to work however I took off a week vacation to try and stay away as much as possible.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-05 14:30:24 UTC Comment #102639
I launched a Kickstarter and it got succesfully funded in 3 days!
Fuck yeah, Zeeba! That's awesome!!!
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-07 08:44:39 UTC Comment #102645
@Archie: Nice flying vacuum. This could be used to wireless dry-clean and style your hair without any shampoo. Eco friendly and Greta-approved!

@zeeba-G: nice man! I think I saw your kickstarter before. Right now I'm "isolated" and happen to be near a river, but I live in Europe. Last time I went fishing was maybe 12 or 13 years ago, when my rod got stuck in a tree branch and it broke. Decided fishing is not for me (well, fishing is quite an art to learn and dedicate time to honestly). This rodless thing seems like a fun thing to carry around. I think it should be in any survival kit :D.

@Urby: What was that mod called? The care? The cart? The corn? The crane? Gee man, I just can't remember. Hope you have time to finish it though, can't wait to play it!

As for me... not much. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), even though we're in quarantine and we have to stay at home, I still do home office and honestly it sucks a bit, seems like the 8 hours I'd spend at the office gets spread out to 10-11 at home :\. Sucks my mood to do anything...

I should work on finishing a project I started in December 2018, which I worked on a bit more during the summer of 2019. I've erected (I like this verb) a small weather station with temperature/humidity/pressure/windspeed/wind-direction/raingauge sensors. It's not much, it's based around an ESP8266 chip and it's all custom code but I plan on changing that in the future and base it more on community driven libraries - I have to draw schematics to remember what wires are go where and the code becomes technical debt after a while.
The wind blows and it stands erectedThe wind blows and it stands erected
The things I want to work on it are:
  • better data availability (due to a bug I have to reset it every now and then else it won't transmit data); find a way to store data locally or to a personal repository and reduce dependency on the current cloud store (thingspeak - although thingspeak provides nice graphs and is what I use to consult the data on my phone)
  • create an interface for it
  • add more sensors (light, UV, lightning strike, PM2.5 PM10 etc.)
I've been thinking about adding a radiation sensor just for the lulz for some time now. Unfortunately an off-the-shelf solution is very expensive(though probably calibrated). It would have been great now with the Chernobyl forest fires going on these days - probably the radiation will minimally increase anyway because this is I think about 1000km away, but fun to detect.

Well, I should probably have made a journal post. Probably will at some point. Too lazy now.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-07 10:20:53 UTC Comment #102646
That's such a cool project. It's one of the most erected things I've ever seen. Top score for your erection.

Really, though, what sort of price tag does all that equipment run up?
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-07 21:35:28 UTC Comment #102651
Thank you for the boost of confidence.

Well the wind speed, wind vane and rain gauge came as a kit I bought from here. I know it originally from sparkfun (if you search a bit they have a more "complete" solution based on micro::bit - it's more beginner friendly and faster to set up, I had to actually investigate how it works and compute some values for it).
At the time the kit wasn't available at any shop in my country and I could hardly find it even on European sites. It was the most costly of the assembly.
Other sensors are not as expensive. I can find a DHT22 for example, which is used for temperature&humidity, at around 6$-7$. An alternative DHT11, which is less accurate, is dirt cheap at around 2$.

The pole is metallic and made from 2 pieces (telescopic). I actually found an old pipe that was used in heating around the backyard that I reconditioned and painted white. The "base" in which the pole is "planted" was already there. So this cost nothing.
Where I've put this I also had to invest in internet equipment like a router, UPS etc.

I never thought about maintaining a BOM file so I'd have to estimate it at about 400$ until now. But if you already have the infrastructure in place and some other materials (internet connection, a roof maybe where to put this on a tripod with a weight etc., have some resistors and wires and whatnot every hobbyist has lying around at home), this shouldn't cost more than 100$.

Didn't really think of the price in the long term. Having something to do can be fun at times, it's a mood erector.
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-09 08:30:45 UTC Comment #102660
Commented 5 months ago2020-04-26 13:38:50 UTC Comment #102688
Woah hover-able robot vacuum !! It made me crazy like Back to the future ^^

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