A Roomba Christmas

A Roomba Christmas

The holidays are here again. The decorations: tinsel and faux snow. And when the weather outside is frightful, you track in a lot of real snow and dirt. It got me thinking, I don't really want to clean up after everything, but I could follow up on my Roomba work!

Using the ROI 500 protocol from iRobot, I decided it was about time the Roomba did a little Christmas performance for everyone.

Making A Roomba Dance

Here are Roomba's Open Interface (OI) Specifications.

Step 1: Create a serial tether to connect the Roomba directly to your PC and control it in real time with a LabVIEW 8.5 program.

Step 2: Program your Roomba to play notes as he dances back and forth and to blink its LEDs.

All of the music is coming from Roomba’s speaker, not an external source.

Hope this helps brighten up your holiday!

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