The Off-Road Roomba

The Off-Road Roomba

Posted On: March 31, 2010
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Your Roomba is pretty good at picking up dust, but it can’t climb rocks and avoid obstacles. Dean Segovis has a Roomba that can do just that, since he dissected it to build this Roomba Earth rover. Segovis used the motors, controller and battery pack from your basic Roomba and combined those with an upgraded ultrasonic sensor for terrain detection, and tied it all together with the Arduino.

All of that went into a box-shaped frame with Rocker-bogie suspension and viola, an Off-Road Roomba. It’s a work in progress and as such will get stuck because of too-small wheels and will occasionally flip over. Dean wants to build one about twice this size and work out some of those bugs.