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roomba package for irobot create , compatible or not?

asked 2012-09-13 10:35:18 -0500

Jackie gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:13:39 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

Hi, I have installed ROS and studying the tutorials now. I have a Roomba from 4 o 5 years ago and it is the first generation roomba, probabaly the 400 serie.

I am thinking of trying some roomba related stacks/package. I found this which seems the best choice for my purpose.

It seems this package is for the roomba 500 series. I am not sure if it works with my old roomba 400 series. Also I have iRobot create from 3 years ago. Will this roomba package works for Create as well.

Anyone has first hand experience using the abovementioned Roomba package?

Thank you Jack

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answered 2015-03-14 06:30:41 -0500

Well, I´m trying to do the same, I´ve a Roomba Discovery, Arduino Mega, HS-SR04 x 4 and an XBOX360 Kinect. Putting tougher the hardware on top of a netboox Eee 1005PE running with Ubuntu 64bit with tourltebot 1 ROS (I hope).

The idea is to use ROS for images / audio navigation processing, well experiment a little on what is possible to do.. the hardware would work as following: - The roomba is interface via SCI port, the Arduino will manage he ultrasonic sensors that perform better then laser sensors on dark rooms. - Kinect stack for Audio / Video. - Idea is to combine both above for the navigation stack.

if will pass the phase one here describe.. and it is a little difficult.. will post the results.. The first problem I´ve is that I don´t like to run ubuntu on virtual box on my mac.. I would use the mac to develop / modify the nodes but so far no big progress.

I´ll keep you inform and maybe, if somebody else will replay to this discussion would be nice.

Regards, Sandro

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