Roombongle! A Roomba USB dongle

Roombongle! A Roomba USB dongle

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Todbot writes “The RooStick by is pretty cool. It’s tiny and it’s USB, which is about all you need for me to bring you home. But if you want to hack together something similar and you don’t want to build a huge honking Roomba serial tether, you could build the Roombongle!”Link.

Photo set – Link.
Roomba projects – Link.

10 thoughts on “Roombongle! A Roomba USB dongle

  1. RonGiuntini says:

    What exactly does this do? I don’t get this…

  2. todbotdotcom says:

    It’s an interface between the Roomba and a PC (Mac, Windows, Linux). Then you can control the Roomba from your computer.

  3. Hbin says:

    Really pretty cool!
    Maybe I should get one for my home.

  4. RonGiuntini says:

    Ok…so you can program how the vacuum operates with the laptop, and then the laptop goes for a ride everywhere…Interesting. Can the Roomba be controlled similarly with Basic Stamp, for instance? I think the Roomba might make an interesting platform for a robot if the interface could be worked out…

  5. todbotdotcom says:

    In fact, the Roomba can be controlled with a Basic Stamp or any other microcontroller. There will be a book coming out this fall called Hacking Roomba that will show you how to do just that.

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