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Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech

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Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech, 9780470072714 (0470072717), John Wiley & Sons, 2006

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A gizmo as cool as Roomba just begs to be hacked. Now, with this book 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.

Fun ways to work the Roomba

All this — and it will still clean your floor!

  1. Build a serial interface tether
  2. Set up a Bluetooth® interface
  3. Drive Roomba
  4. Play with sensors
  5. Make it sing
  6. Create a Roomba artist
  7. Use your Roomba as a mouse
  8. Connect Roomba to the Net
  9. Wi-Fi your Roomba
  10. Replace Roomba's brain
  11. Install Roomba-cam
  12. Put Linux® on Roomba

Companion Web site

Get the official iRobot Roomba Open Interface (ROI) specification and all code presented in the book in ready-to-run form at www.wiley.com/go/extremetech

About the Author

Tod E. Kurt has engineered hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars. Although he has degrees in electrical engineering and physics, Tod's career as a robotics hacker really began when he took apart his BigTrak, radio-controlled car, and chemistry set box to build an upright programmable robot when he was 12.

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