One-eyed, one-armed metal rolling Roomba robot

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[Erik] was looking for a sturdy robotics platform and was initially considering the iRobot Create, until he found that he could score a Roomba Discovery series for a fraction of the price. The Discovery includes a battery, which is missing from the iCreate, though it also has all of the standard vacuum bits included as well.

He immediately removed all of the vacuum parts once he got his hands on the Roomba, and began adding the support structure to house the rest of his robot’s components. The robot is controlled via a small laptop which sits on top of the Roomba’s base, and features a panning and telescoping webcam to provide feedback to the operator.

The robot has been under construction for a little over a year now, and has had a few upgrades over that time. The original laptop was swapped out for a newer dual-core model, and the webcam was upgraded to a model featuring motion tracking. The whole thing has been skinned in thin sheet metal for a sleek look, and he has added a servo-driven arm as well.

The project is not quite complete, and he hasn’t really stated what he plans on using the robot for, but it looks good so far – we can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

Comments

  1. Payne says:

    …. so is this a ‘one-eyed monster’???

    OK, I can go back to being an adult!

  2. Bill says:

    The create isn’t “missing a battery” it just depends on what tier you buy. The cheapest tier ($150) takes AA batteries but every other tier after that includes a Ni-CD battery.

  3. MovieMaker says:

    Mike or Erick,

    Please share your code.

    Thanks,

    MMC

  4. Erik says:

    Ok, the code is up.

  5. Bp says:

    ‘One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater’ reference acknowledged.

    I don’t know much about Roombas but I like where this project is going!

  6. patman2700 says:

    “…it was a one-eyed, one-armed, metal rolling Roomba robot, sure looked strange to me!”

  7. Will says:

    Umm, why not a more cost-effective CPU solution? ARM boards are much better suited to the task. They’re smaller, more power efficient, powerful enough, cheaper….quieter (not a real issue, I know)

    Nice project, though!

  8. Erik says:

    The reason that I didn’t go with an ARM board or another embedded solution, is that I wanted the dual cores so I could use Roborealm’s machine vision capabilities. Also the dual core laptop cost me like $150 and since it’s a laptop it already has an onboard battery and human interface which makes troubleshooting a breeze.

  9. Mike Nathan says:

    @patman2700,

    Nice to see that somebody caught on :)

  10. pagan0ne says:

    Does one need a reason to build a robot? If i were to guess i would say this is being built to further his goals of world domi…err peace!

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