The Robot Vacuum Thread

leviathan

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I put the charging dock under the bed to keep it out of the way, so it’s a huge faff to retrieve the robot manually for emptying.
That's genius, I should do the same.
 

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I just remembered that M1 Macs run iOS software. Awesome.


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This is how you know the proximity sensors need cleaning.

I would love it if Edgar was smart enough to actually realize it and tell me, but instead he just loses all his navigation smarts.

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I would love it if Edgar was smart enough to actually realize it and tell me, but instead he just loses all his navigation smarts.
Huh, strange. Our James does occasionally start speaking about sensors needing cleaning...
 

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So I've recently started digging into the whole home automation topic. Installed an instance of Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi that's running as a sort of server in the kitchen, and discovered that quite a lot of stuff I have at home is supported and can be integrated either out of the box or with minimal fiddling.

Including the Xiaomi vacuum. Oh boy.

Now, I'm a lazy guy, but in a way that I think is typical for some engineers: I'll rather spend hours automating some task, than spend minutes performing it manually. Home Assistant allows to live this motto to the damn limit.

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My robot vacuum now does all of the following:
  • Runs each day at 09:00, but only if I'm not home (because if I'm not home at that time, it's highly likely I'm at work and will be gone for a while)
  • Aborts the clean-up and returns to the dock if I return home while it's running
  • Counts the times it ran for 15 minutes or more at a time, as a sort of "dustbin fill counter"
  • When said counter reaches 3, creates a task in my Things app for me to clean out the dustbin (the only thing that I still have to do manually... but at least now I don't have to think about it, it'll just magically appear in my todo list)
  • Resets said counter to 0 when I actually remove the dustbin (yes, it's a parameter that the integration tracks, along a couple dozen others)
  • Can be controlled with Siri via HomeKit, either from my iPhone, iPad or HomePod
All of this stuff is possible thanks to:
I'll probably do a more detailed writeup and publish the automations code, once it's been running for a couple weeks and I'm happy with it.
 

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I'm disappointed that this thread has made it almost 30 posts without any Rule 34 of Rosie from The Jetsons.
 

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The method to predict a full dustbin is great, I'd be really interested in experiments to see how much extra general dirt it has to pick up before it becomes overfilled without reaching the count of 3.


I particularly like the idea of it running back to its base when you get home, you should put the base in a cardboard box so it looks like a pet running to hide as you come in. :p
 
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