Roombas with UAV Brains Play Pac-Man

[Jack], [Cory], and [Maciej] are playing Pac-Man with Roombas on a lab floor. The Roombas are outfitted with ALIX3d2 single board computers running Gentoo and a software suite developed for UAVs at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles. The hardware and software sections are quite in-depth and make for a good read.


  1. monkeyslayer56 says:

    sweet if i had the money and the space to do that i soooo would :D

  2. chicosoft says:

    became a very expensive game… lol

  3. rockethacker says:

    yeah, yeah, but what about the warps on the sides of the map? (-;

  4. Bit Mage says:

    You should mention the earlier article about Pac-man using a roomba and some LEDs.

  5. Pacman FTW says:

    Ghosts are aware of other ghosts during play… but your Pac-man isn’t aware of the ghosts position when you hit reset.. Right at the very end of your video Pac-man gives the cold shoulder hit to one of the ghosts. If only that were intentional, pac-man would be a badass, but I don’t think it was.

  6. Neko says:

    Apart from gentoo, it’s a pretty cool project.

  7. asdf32.exe says:

    Wow, its been a while since i’ve had a ferocious smirk on my face while reading an article on hack a day. Nicely done.

  8. DanAdamKOF says:

    rockethater I was wondering the same thing.

  9. Zibri says:


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