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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 http://www.ros.org/wiki/Robots/Roomba 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


Originally posted by Jackie on ROS Answers with karma: 103 on 2012-09-13

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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


Originally posted by SandroCA75 with karma: 16 on 2015-03-14

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