iRobot Create is ideal DIY robotics platform

iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner has long been a popular platform for home robotics tinkerers to start modding from, being a stable puck-like base and having an array of sensors already in place.  Well, iRobot have obviously decided that if you can’t beat them, join them (or at least facilitate them a little better), hence the Create.  With the boring vacuum removed and a selection of I/O ports in place, it becomes a great starting point for DIY projects.

Obviously completely devoid of any laurels altogether, Tom over at Botmag has already got his hands on the Create and has knocked up a few entertaining prototypes that range from the school science lab (a robot arm) to the obscure (some sort of robotic hamster?!)  It’s an entertaining enough review simply for the photos, but if you’re in any way tech-minded then I imagine you’re already drooling a little at the possibilities iRobot have opened up.


Sentinel Robots Unveiled

iRobot Corp. just released today the first public photo of their latest project, code named Sentinel. The project is developing an arsenal of semi-autonomous robots that can be simultaneously controlled via one touch-screen computer. The robots can be programmed to reach certain coordinates and be able to navigate itself pass obstacles along the way without intervention of the operator. Funded by the U.S. Army’s Small Business Innovation and Research program, the Sentinel robots are anticipated to help perform dangerous missions in times of war, such as conducting surveillance and mapping of hostile environments.

iRobot announces “Sentinel” robot army project [Via: Engadget]

Get Real Dirty with the iRobot Dirt Dog

A rugged version of the Roomba, the iRobot Dirt Dog is designed specifically for cleaning up your shop floor, basement, or garage. Retails for $129.99 and comes with 5 issues of This Old House magazine if you order online now.

iRobot Dirt Dog on Sale [Via: I4U]

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