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Hacking Roomba®: ExtremeTechTM

Hacking Roomba®: ExtremeTechTM

Tod E. Kurt

ISBN: 978-0-470-07271-4

Nov 2006

456 pages

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Description

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.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Interfacing.

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Roomba.3

Chapter 2: Interfacing Basics.

Chapter 3: Building a Roomba Serial Interface Tether.

Chapter 4: Building a Roomba Bluetooth Interface.

Chapter 5: Driving Roomba.

Chapter 6: Reading the Roomba Sensors.

Part II: Fun Things to Do.

Chapter 7: Making RoombaView.

Chapter 8: Making Roomba Sing.

Chapter 9: Creating Art with Roomba.

Chapter 10: Using Roomba as an Input Device.

Part III: More Complex Interfacing.

Chapter 11: Connecting Roomba to the Internet.

Chapter 12: Going Wireless with Wi-Fi.

Chapter 13: Giving Roomba a New Brain and Senses.

Chapter 14: Putting Linux on Roomba.

Chapter 15: RoombaCam: Adding Eyes to Roomba.

Chapter 16: Other Projects.

Appendix A: Soldering and Safety Basics.

Appendix B: Electrical Diagram Schematics.

Appendix C: iRobot Roomba Open Interface (ROI) Specification.

Index.

iRobot Roomba Open Interface Specification
This PDF contains the complete iRobot Roomba Open Interface (ROI) Specification.
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All sample code from the book
Visit HackingRoomba.com for updated code, additional resources, news, and additional bonus projects.
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