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Building Robots Without Ever Having to Say You’re Sorry

 − at 21:00, 22. Feb. 2017

The European Parliament’s draft recommendations for governing the creation and use of robots and artificial intelligence includes rights for “smart” robots

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Six-Legged Robot One-Ups Nature With Faster Gait

 − at 22:22, 21. Feb. 2017

This robot walks in a way that is faster, more efficient than what insects have evolved

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Makita DRC200 Industrial Robot Vacuum Available Soon at RobotShop

 − at 14:59, 21. Feb. 2017

We are excited to introduce you to the new Makita DRC200 Industrial Robot Vacuum, which will be available here at RobotShop. This robot vacuum has been developed by Makita to answer a need in the industrial market. Makita has come out with a Roomba-like robot vacuum. It’s been designed for commercial environments, workshops, offices, warehouses and production facilities. The robot has been jointly developed with Sharp.

Makita DRC200 Industrial Robot Vacuum with its Charger

Makita DRC200 Industrial Robot Vacuum with its Charger

It can clean 300 square meters on two 3.0Ah battery packs or 500 square meters on two 5.0Ah battery packs. The batteries are run down in parallel, which means you can run the robot with only one battery instead of two. However, the cleaning time will be shortened. It has two cleaning modes, the pattern mode and the random mode. The Pattern mode is recommended in wide spaces with few obstacles while the Random mode is recommended in spaces with many shelves and other obstacles. You can turn off the vacuum motor, which means the vacuum will only collect larger debris while doubling the runtime of the robot.

Makita DRC200 with the 2.5L Dust Bin

Makita DRC200 with the 2.5L Dust Bin

Makita DRC200 Battery Charger

Makita DRC200 Battery Charger

You can find the features of the Makita DRC200 below:

  • Automatic cleaning: Two automatic running modes (random & pattern). Buzzer and blinking light to make nearby workers aware of presence.
  • Cleaning area setting function: Enables user to define a cleaning area by putting boundary tape on the floor as boundary lines that the cleaner cannot pass.
  • Obstacle detection: Ultrasonic sensor and bumper sensor
  • Capacity: 2.5L
  • Two selectable dust collection modes: Vacuum plus brush for small and large debris. Power brush only for collecting large debris.
  • Cliff sensors
  • Wireless remote controller
  • Carry handle for easy transport
  • Power brush
  • 2 x Side brushes
  • Battery fuel gauge
  • Brushless motor
  • LED warning light for filter maintenance
  • Powered by two 18V Li-ion batteries in parallel
  • On-timer: enables automatic starting at 1, 3 or 5 hours

This robot can clean nuts and screws in a warehouse environment with ease.

Here is a live test of the Makita Robot Vacuum in our warehouse:

As this robot is for industrial use, maybe you were wondering how it can be compared to domestic robots. The Makita DRC200 is a lot bigger than the Roomba or the Neato. While the previous two robots are 350 x 350 x 90mm, the Makita is 460 x 460 x 180mm. It has a bigger dust bin capacity, 2.5L compared to a Roomba’s 0.6L. However, the Makita DRC200 doesn’t have the self-charging ability, which most domestic robots have. However, with its huge autonomy, it shouldn’t cause any issues. Overall, this is great robot vacuum for industrial and commercial use.

Robot Dimensions Capacity Cleaning Time Cleaning Area
  Makita DRC200   460 x 460 x 180mm   2.5L   3 hours 20 mins   500m²
  Roomba 880   350 x 350 x 90mm   0.6L   2 hours   185m²



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Join The RobotShop Affiliate Program and Start Making Money Today!

 − at 21:08, 20. Feb. 2017

RobotShop Affiliate Program

RobotShop Affiliate Program

RobotShop Announces their Affiliate Program!

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Robots Podcast #228: RoboUniverse Conference – Drones, AI, and 3D printing (Part 2 of 2), with Dr. Douglas Stow, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich and Cullen Hilkene

 − at 08:00, 19. Feb. 2017

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews speakers from the Artificial Intelligence and Drone tracks at RoboUniverse San Diego and the Inside 3D Printing Conference. Dr. Douglas Stow from the Drones track discusses the use of drones in analyzing large scale changes over time in terrains, and its applications in determining the extent of damage after a natural disaster. From the Artificial Intelligence track, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich discusses how his company, Brain Corporation, converts manually driven industrial machines into autonomous robots. Wrapping it up, Cullen Hilkene from 3Diligent discusses how his company optimizes the work flow and communication layer between a diverse set of 3D print vendors and their customers.


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SRI's Pioneer Mobile Robot Shakey Honored as IEEE Milestone

 − at 23:15, 17. Feb. 2017

Shakey the Robot was honored as the world's first mobile, intelligent robot

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Video Friday: Robot Push-Recovery, Air-Water Drone, and DARPA Explains AI

 − at 21:40, 17. Feb. 2017

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Wagging Tails Help Robots Communicate With Humans

 − at 23:25, 16. Feb. 2017

Giving a Roomba a tail makes it easy for humans to understand its "feelings"

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Magnetic Control Could Help Robots Navigate Inside Your Body

 − at 22:44, 15. Feb. 2017

Clever use of magnetic fields can selectively actuate individual microbots

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Astrobee: NASA's Newest Robot for the International Space Station

 − at 15:00, 11. Feb. 2017

Small, versatile, and autonomous, Astrobee will be getting to work on the ISS

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