Roomba - vacuuming robots
Roomba is a low-cost robot produced by iRobot. It is intended to be a commercial cleaning robot, however with little to no modification it can become a powerful educational/hobbyist robotics platform.
Sensors & Actuators
The Roomba comes with these basic sensors:
- Four IR based cliff sensors
- Two bump sensors
- One wall sensor
- A top mounted IR sensor. Used by Virtual Walls, Docking Station, and Remote Control
- One Dirt Detector (acoustic impact). Some Roombas have two.
The Roomba is sold commercially as a mobile vacuum cleaner, thus it also has these actuators:
- Two wheels drive with differential drive
- One main brush motor
- A side brush motor
- A Vacuum motor.
The Roomba proprietary Serial Command Interface is available here: iRobot Roomba Open Interface (OI) Specification.
Hacking the Roomba
If you need to move a Roomba from the lab, you should first ask to Andrea Bonarini, and then fill in the table below.
|#4||OK||+ Batteria roomba #6||Paolo Belluco|
|#9||Collaudato (Martino)||USB cable and white battery charger borrowed||Andrea Scalise, Niccolò Tenti||Roomba project|