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Below you will find all the information about my prototype designed for the first time in 1993 - when I was 20 - of the Robot Explorer: Automatic cleaning of the house!

robot explorer: floor cleaning

I do not want to bore you with sterile polemics, but surely - at least Italy - it is an absolutely ungrateful place for inventors and people who do not play football! Certainly if I had lived in an environment more inclined to finance innovative and successful ideas, I would already be a billionaire today... Instead I am a person who lives by body rental (they rent me for little money to carry out other projects). This situation (widespread on a planetary level but with colossal injustices especially on my person) must have created an enormous space / temporal paradox so as to move God in person: start from the home of this site to understand that things have happened in the last 10 years! A world more suited to - hopefully - more and more innovative people like me is essential for the future of humanity, this is the summary of this site and of my book.

As soon as I'm able to build the first prototype of the robot, I contacted (I repeat it was 1993) hundreds of companies first of all Philips to try to put into production my idea (obviously trying to get a percentage of the earnings). I repeat the entire sterile planet from the point of view of innovation, or perhaps too early idea, but no company has replied to me! After about 15 years I find that many companies have put into production a robot for the automatic cleaning of floors in civil homes!

So this robot is definitely an innovative idea, rich, valid, working and that finds success from the market! Now that you surely have understood that investing in this field and with me is worth it, maybe you will contact me to get into business with me or to finance me. One could also think of a multinational of inventors financed by crowdfunding. If you are interested write to me at antoine@followingdavincicode.com or press the button “Contacts” to send me messages even anonymously!




The robot is designed for floor cleaning, with suction or brush washing systems (having on board a huge power of about 2000 watts), of a private home. This is to relieve the daily labors that most of the female world lives unjustly and daily. The robot knows nothing about the house and can be started from any point: it will explore the surrounding environment(which obviously must be bordered by at least one perimeter wall) until it have cleaned every corner it can reach. At the end of his work, he will return to the starting point. The robot was conceived for a large and not rich public and to work with the electronics of the 90s: this determines a very low production cost especially now (we are in 2020) that the robot's brain works quietly on a cell phone: I did a complete simulation with my Samsung Galaxy A3 (3 years old) and it works great! In fact, the original idea was that of a robot connected to the home PC, the robot - like the modern printers that cost € 50.00 - had very little electronics while the processing part was left to the home pc. This can still be a winning idea especially with the upper hand of wifi, but it can be optional given the very low cost of today's computing power.
To make the obstacles perceive to the robot I had invented rubbing sensors like the whiskers of cats, which were subject to wear and tear, and for which they could generate a spare parts market. The cost of these vibrissae was infinitesimal, today there are better sensors that are very cheap; it may be appropriate to think of new types of sensors even if the vibrisse were not a bad idea.
To make the data processing part easier, the robot does not make curves! It goes forward, backward, right or left (as for those who know the old plotter printers of architects). To make this possible, there are 8 wheels, 4 rise up and the robot goes back and forth, to go to the side, the wheels are raised and the others are lowered. The process is very fast!

robot explorer: vibrissae and plotter wheels


The construction of the robot was challenging, but not excessively, I started with Lego Technics constructions first:

robot explorer: Lego Technics

The very interesting and very demanding part was the design and testing of the software that controls the robot (developed at the time of MS-DOS): HEAD.EXE !
robot explorer: software development
I put here below 2 fully functional versions that can be activated online by browsers:
  1. CLICK AND START - Simplified version, just click on the starting point
  2. DRAW AND TRY - Extended version with the possibility of inventing an environment where to test if the robot is able to explore everything
The HEAD.EXE logic is to allow inventing an environment unknown to the robot and see if Explorer can move inside it, cleaning it all, without any problems or mistakes possibly having a graphical representation of what the robot is thinking. So in the software there are 2 screens: right VIRTUAL REALITY - left INTERNAL MAP. VIRTUAL REALTY is a design where the white dots are interpreted by the robot exactly as if the whiskers had heard an obstacle. In version 1 (CLICK AND START) i put the design of my parents' house. Let's be clear this is a simulation, to use the robot in reality you do not need to insert any map inside the robot: is independent in obtaining it based on what he hears from the vibrisse! In INTERNAL MAP you can see what the robot has understood of the surrounding world for now and you can also see how it can calculate the roads to move from one point to another of the environment that for now has discovered.


Press the "Start Explorer Brain" button, when the DosBox will be initialized and my parents' house map will be loaded, move the mouse in the right VIRTUAL REALITY box and click in a BLACK area where the robot can start.
PS. Better to start from the top and a lot to the left: it's faster.

Robot Explorer: brain Head.Exe


Press the "Start Explorer Brain" button, when the DosBox will be initialized, a brief presentation will start(it is of 1995 sorry for the bad graphics). Press enter to change the screen. At the end a menu with 3 choices will appear at the top right, press the letter M or D or E:

  • M: load a preset map
  • D: allows you to draw a map with graphical tools
  • E: load the preset map but it allows editing
Editing is a bit old but possible: at the top there are the function keys from F1 to F10. To choose CIRCLE, for example, press the RIGHT button on the mouse then press F4. You can put circles in the VIRTUAL REALTY box. For a rectangle press the RIGHT button of the mouse then press F3, etc. The keys are:
  • F1: single point
  • F2: line
  • F3: rectangle
  • F4: circle
  • F5: rubber point by point
  • F6: rectangular rubber
  • F7: save
  • F8: load
  • F9: color, press a key from 0 to 9
  • F10: finish editing and start the simulation
Now define the parameters and press OK
Click in a black area of the VIRTUAL REALITY drawn from where to start the robot - PS. Better to start from the top and a lot to the left: it's faster.

Robot Explorer: brain Head.Exe

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