Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech

Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech

by Tod E. Kurt


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Hacking Roomba: ExtremeTech by Tod E. Kurt

The Jetsons would be proud!

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've always dreamed of being. 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.

  • Build a serial interface tether.
  • Set up a Bluetooth® interface.
  • Drive Roomba.
  • Play with sensors.
  • Make it sing.
  • Create a Roomba artist.
  • Use your Roomba as a mouse.
  • Connect Roomba to the Net.
  • Wi-Fi your Roomba.
  • Replace Roomba's brain.
  • Install Roomba-cam.
  • Put Linux® on Roomba.
  • Features a companion Web site.

All this—and it will still clean your floor!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470072714
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/20/2006
Series: ExtremeTech Series , #48
Edition description: BK&ACCES
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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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