There are a huge number of interesting and useful sites on the Net to help you learn and practice electronics hacking. Here are a few I’ve found useful when hacking Roombas.
— official iRobot hacking site, with ROI/SCI specification.
- Roomba Review
— good general info site about all things Roomba
- Roomba Review Robotic Hacking forum
— a good place to meet other people doing Roomba hacking
- MyRoomBud Roomba costumes
— fun costumes for your Roomba
— Roomba hacking wiki moderated by Phil Torrone
- Roomba Buyer’s Guide
— an iRobot investor watching for great Roomba deals. Via his site I got two Roombas for $60 each on Amazon.
- Element Direct
— they have the most awesome MindControl add-on for your Roomba which is a super-tiny pencil eraser-sized plugin micrcontroller (AVR, like Arduino). Its stealth size means only you’ll know that your Roomba has extra brains on-board.
— offers fully-assembled and -tested workalikes of the serial tether and Bluetooth interface presented in the book. A great way to get started hacking Roombas without needing to know how to solder! I’ve purchased many RooTooths from these guys, they’re great.
- How to equip your EE lab
— Good list of tools needed and/or recommend for electronics hacking
- How to Solder
- WebEE Tutorials
— huge repository of electronics circuits and tips
- Circuits for the Hobbyist
— another great repository
- New Parts
- Surplus Parts
- Physical Computing
— a great book on building smart objects
- The Art of Electronics
— the bible of electronics
- Getting Started in Electronics
— by Forest M. Mims III, the godfather of hacking