May 10, 2013

Roomba + Arduinos = a great robot

 In what started as a simple robot and ended up as a great example of 'feature creep' is this fine example by Instructables user "nicoo". Using a robotic vacuum cleaner as a base (the "Roomba") they fitted an arm and with six servos created a device that can go about picking things up and collecting them. One Arduino controls the Roomba for motion, and another controls the servos. The user interface is a pair of Nintendo Wii controllers - and interestingly enough they've used the serial interface of the Roomba for direct Arduino control. Amazing. 

Congratulations to "nicoo" for his great robot, and you can find out more via the Instructable. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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