Hacking Roomba


New RoombaComm 0.96! The Java library to control Roomba, RoombaComm has been updated, check it out! It’s now being actively maintained by Paul Bouchier, Jonathan Pitts & Matt Black (and occasionally me perhaps) on the Dallas Personal Robotics Group site. Check out RoombaComm’s new home.

Maker Faire! See this site’s hacks in person, come check out Roomba hacking at Maker Faire.

For the holidays: check out the DIY Roomba Robotics Holiday Buying Guide.

Your Roomba is getting bored sitting in the corner waiting for some dust to build up on your floor. Secretly, it wants to sing and dance and draw pictures. It wants to show you just how clever it can be.

With Hacking Roomba and the official ROI specification furnished by iRobot®, you can become the robotic engineer you dreamed of being when you were 10. Build a Bluetooth interface for your Roomba. Turn it into an artist. Install Linux on it and give it a new brain. Some hacks are functional, others are purely fun. All of them let you play with robotics, and not one will void your warranty. You could say it’s a clean sweep.
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All this — and it will still clean your floor!

In Hacking Roomba, Tod will show you how to:

  • Build a serial interface tether
  • Set up a Bluetooth® interface
  • Drive Roomba
  • Play with sensors
  • Make it sing
  • Create a Roomba painter
  • Use your Roomba as a mouse
  • Connect Roomba to the Net
  • Wi-Fi your Roomba
  • Replace Roomba’s brain
  • Build the RoombaRoach
  • Install Roomba-cam
  • Put Linux® on Roomba

About this site

This site is the official accompaniment to the book.
In addition to typical book-related things like the Table of Contents and a Sample Chapter, this site also contains:

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