ROOMBA RECON

BY RAYMOND CARUSO WITH EVIN PAPOWITZ

TURN AN OLD ROOMBA INTO A WEB-CONTROLLED WIRELESS REMOTE SURVEILLANCE VEHICLE.

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Garry McLeod

Who said a Roomba was just for vacuuming? For robot makers, it’s an excellent platform for modifications. Why not start with an already-working autonomous vehicle? We collaborated with our friend Rob Schumaker and decided to turn an old Roomba into a remote surveillance vehicle, which Raymond now uses to spy on and play with his dog while he’s at work.

The key to the Roomba Recon’s operation is that it carries a wireless router on its back. The router acts as the Roomba’s “brain.” Its wi-fi side communicates ...

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