Zowi the robot

Der kleine Roboter Zowi soll Kinder spielerisch an die Robotik heranführen und ist daher auch out of the box benutzbar.
Am Anfang kann er zwar nur ein Bewegungen, dies kann aber jedes Kind nach seinen Bedürfnissen erweitern und anpassen.
Zovi ist über eine Android App steuerbar und kann zerlegt und wieder zusammengebaut werden.

„A friendly robot that’s ready to play and discover the world. We’ve created it to help you learn about robotics in a fun way.

When you take it out of the box, it already knows how to do a few things, but it wants you to teach it a whole lot more.

Download the Zowi App and discover all the games, take Zowi apart to learn how it works, or program it to teach it new skills.

The more you play, the more functions will be unlocked!!

– See more at: http://zowi.bq.com/en/what-is-zowi/#sthash.YdN9m9wJ.dpuf“


Roomba 880

Our Roomba 520 did a good job for over 4 years now. It still uses the first battery and performs quite well with it.

The only feature I’m missing is time scheduled cleaning. A convenience feature nothing more but nothing less even.

I would not give up the comfort of a Roomba according to my experience with the 520, bought just for testing its potentialities but convinced better than ever expected.

iRobot has a new vacuum cleaning robot, the Roomba 880 with its new cleaning technology ‚AeroForce Extractor‘.



This should pick up to 50% more dirt according to iRobot.

The brush rotors are replaced with brushless ones, which shall reduce the maintenance needed to remove things like hair.

Especially pet owners will appreciate this faculty.

Actual price in Germany is about 720 €.

A very detailed test and report can be found on The Verge



Scooba 230 another robot joins the team

Roomba has still strongly approved his postion in the team and today another robot arrives with DHL Express von iRobot US. The Scooba 230 is a floor washing robot and the perfect addition to the roomba which vacuum cleans the floor. Unfortunately the Scooba 230 wasn’t orderable in Germany until now and so I’ve to import it from the USA. Thanks to DHLs worldwide logistics the parcel arrives in just 5 days. And now after completly charged the floor washing may begin.

„Forknife“ the Android G1 controlled robot

„To see how well this idea worked I decided to build a small robot and a few applications to control it last weekend. The result of this is the Forknife Android G1 based robot, the RoboComm android application, and the RoboServ java server which I am happy to say work well. An overview of how the entire system works may be seen below.

In case others are interested in this, stuff, I have made my code for the robot, server, and android application available under the GPLv2 license. Please don’t get too upset with me if the code isn’t very polished.. I threw this together pretty quickly. At least I commented it! Be thankful :)“



Automated window-cleaning robot – winboni

„A team of four engineering students from Michigan State University have created — and won an award for — an automated window cleaner that requires a human to do no more than push a button to get it started. Called the Winboni, the ‚bot runs off of AA batteries and adheres to the window using a suction fan, cleaning it with felt pads.“


AVRonics Simple Robot

„Now that the AVRonics board is in full swing it’s time to start stretching it’s legs. This is not the robot to do that but it’s a start. I threw this together in about an hour (after many months of thinking) and spent about 10 minutes writing the code to control it. No, no, I’m not just that good – it’s just that simple.“


Sparky – Autonomous Telepresence Robot

„The name Sparky is based on an acronym for “Self Portrait Artifact – Roving Chassis I” an awkward title for an art project begun in the early 90’s. Since that time Sparky has evolved from an oversized RC toy with a couple of “baby monitor” video cameras into a fully web-enabled autonomous telepresence robot.