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Questions tagged [roomba]

The Roomba is a popular robotic vacuum cleaner. Models made after 2005 contain a serial interface for convenient hacking.

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No negative terminal in power supply

I'm working on a project that relies on the Roomba vaccum cleaner's reference document (shown below), there are two positive terminals and 2 ground terminals. I'd like to understand: Why there isn't ...
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How to make Li-Ion mimic NiMH voltages

I'm trying to replace the old NiMH Roomba battery with a bunch of 18650s recycled from old laptops. Lucky enough Roomba uses 12s NiMH battery, that operates in voltage range 12-18V, and has quite ...
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Designing a LiIon battery pack & charger for a Roomba 400. [closed]

I have a device with a 14.4V battery (a Roomba) and I wish to design a LiIon battery + charging system to replace the existing arrangement. I would like to charge it with the standard charger that ...
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Why Roomba has IR bumper sensor array?

Roomba has two bumper sensors (left and right, this is what is mentioned almost everywhere), if pressed it recognizes obstacles. Then what is the need of the extra array of IR sensors(6 in number). ...
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Serial connection between Raspberry Pi and Roomba

I have a Raspberry Pi with this FTDI cable and a Roomba 560. The Roomba has an SCI port to allow for control of the roomba via serial. I installed the PySerial library on the pi and send valid ...
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Using a FTDI to USB adapter with a raspberry pi and a roomba [closed]

I'd like to control a Roomba 560 using its 8-pin mini din SCI port. I've seen other people do this successfully but I'm still unclear on how exactly to go about this. I was planning on using an USB to ...
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Roomba - IR LEDs

I was wondering if it was possible to create a DIY virtual wall for the iRobot roomba. Can anyone explain how I'd go about figuring out how this works?
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Can I use a roostick, which contains FTDI chip to program my arduino chip?

I bought a Roostick from here, I believe this uses the FTDI chip. Most recently I bought an Arduino parts kit to learn about the Arduino board here. One of the ways this board can be programmed is ...
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What is the most hackable Roomba?

I gotta get a Roomba because the dog hair builds up faster than I can get to vacuum it but I also want to make a beer bot that can go and fetch beer from the kegorator. Seems the Roomba is the perfect ...
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Roomba Connector

I am getting started with robotics and would like to start with some roomba programming. I come from a programmer background so I thought that would be a good starting point and since I already owned ...