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iRobot Launching an Edu-Bot?

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

iRobot is trying to expand their market beyond just mopping and vacuuming, with the iRobot Create. It's basically just the body of the Scooba without the brushes or cleaning fluid tank. Instead they tacked on some ports so people can mod the system to attach things like reticulating arms.

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One insane example of what it's capable of involves the unit, four directional sensors, and a hamster inside a ball. When the Hamster tilts the ball in a certain direction the Create moves that direction. Yes, in just a few easy steps you've created a hamster car.

iRobot has said that they really hope that people will even start creating their own accessories and add ons for the Create. This thing could end up being the Lego Mindstorm of the 21st century if they play their cards right.

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See a picture of the hamster mobile after the jump.

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Build your own bot, courtesy of iRobot [News.com]

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DISCUSSION

re: RS-232

Make.com has an article on how to bridge the RS-232 port on the Roomba to a Bluetooth network using a BlueSMIRF Bluetooth modem. Once you've done that, you can use a common Bluetooth network adapter on the PC from that point on:

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2…

I agree that it would be better if iRoomba did that themselves. Perhaps they will.