Roboking Vacuum Finally Launched
I4U says that the LG
Roboking V-R4000 Floor Vacuum Robot has launched in Korea this past
It looks a lot more refined than when we first reported
it. Although, their slogan: "Relax, Just Let It Do." probably could
some more refining. On the
LG website it says it features a high suction motor, 4 smart
patterns to help it reach more of your carpet, HEPA filter, long life
Lithium Polymer battery, and radio remote control with a 10M radius (I'm
guessing that's Meters not Miles).
Couldn't find a price on I4U's website but this
site says it'll be around $1400 down from $3600 when we reported
before! That's still much higher than iRobot's Roomba vacuum which
sells in the $200 range. As far as claiming firsts, which appears to be
common in the robot vacuum industry, they claim "It is the first time
in the world that anyone has produced the new vacuum-cleaning robot
incorporated with a gyro-sensor".
In a related "first", I bought my first Roomba yesterday at the DPRG
RBNO (see www.dprg.org).
It's a lovingly pre-owned Pro Elite, and it will compliment the
Scheduler model that I hope to purchase later this month.
I wonder how many hours will elapse before I take it completely apart
the "first" time?
when your wife yells at you because the floor is dirty, how long before
you can jam it all back together :)
I was complimented the other day by my other half for finally realising
that putting the thing back together is a part of "repairing" it - even
if the repair didn't work.
Ooh - I'm carrying on for another paragraph. In this case, it was just
a set-top box which had stopped working. I opened it up and just
replaced the internal fuse. Didn't work, the fuse instantly blew. The
point being, that previously I would have left the case open with the
screws er... nearby while I tried to figure out what to do. It would
have stayed like that for months until we bought a new one.
The new doggy_d methodology has me putting the case back together and
putting all the screws back in even though it's not fixed. Oh, this has
the bonus that you get to take it apart a lot more! :D
It's also a good way to not lose the little screws.
(Although I usually tape an unsightly bag containing extra parts to the
top of whatever I'm "repairing").
Top Tips, posted 11 Aug 2005 at 17:41 UTC by dogsbody_d »
Another tip, depending on the thing you're destro^H^H^H^H^Hismantling is
to leave the screws in the er... screw wells of one half of the case,
and put masking tape over the holes.
That way, you don't lose the screws and you know what holes they're
from. This can also make putting it back together easier. Or harder,
I worked on a computer monitor (and actually got it working btw) and was
even able to get all the screws back in. (or so I think) :-) It was my
wife's computer monitor so I got at least one "you're the man" point for
doing that. Although, the whole time I was working on it, she was
asking me what I was doing and why was I doing it and how long it was
going to take etc, etc. I think each of my girls also came by and
interrupted me while I was doing it too, but I don't mind, they're my
girls ya know! While I was doing it, I knocked over a few things and
damaged at least one thing lost a couple of the screws for a time but I
found them, and probably put a big scratch in the dinner table. I had
to solder a few connections to the VGA port that came loose on the back
and in the process dropped my soldering iron a couple times. I didn't
look to see if I melted any of the carpet but I probably did a little.
But gosh darnit, I got the monitor working and I prevailed!!!!!!
I have rarely felt more manly than when I repaired our Playstation 2.
My other half is a gamer too btw.
Now if only I could fix our Freeview DVB box...