AI News, iRobot Announces Create 2: An Updated, Hackable Roomba

iRobot Announces Create 2: An Updated, Hackable Roomba

Building and maintaining robots is one of the biggest obstacles in robotics research:when you’re spending all ofyour time just figuring out how to get a robot to work and then keeping it working, you end up spending none of your time teaching that robot to do anything useful.

However, 2007 is a long, long time ago, especially at the pace of robot development, and the original Create was a more or lessobsolete platform half a decade past.

It’s based on a refurbished 600 series Roomba, which makes it cheap, but it’s also as reliable as a robot that’s successful in millions of homes can be.“It’s the pickup truck of educational robots,” says Angle.

We wanted to make that better, and that led us to the idea ofinstead of the original Create's top-accessible bin area, using a flat top with a faceplate that has standard bolt patterns and tells you where to drill to get to the serial port.That makes it easy to create a project, mount it on top of the robot, and then plug it in to your smartphone or Arduino or whatever you're using to talk to your computer and go.

[Create 2]is for someone who wants to make a durable robotwith real payload capacity, and who wants to take advantage of the fact that the core of this robot is born from the reliability and durability of the 12 million Roombas that iRobot has sold.

In preparation for that day, I've been pushing our folks to not just think about 3D printing as a way of prototyping.Additionally,how do we think about it as a way of allowing user customization or user augmentation of their robots?

The reason that we're giving the 3D printable files for the robot is to start learning about the issues that our users will have trying to take those files and turn them into parts for the robot.

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Although this might seem pretty basic, even people with previous robot building experience might find useful information regarding the general method of building a robot.

We loosely define a robot as follows: Robot: An electromechanical device which is capable of reacting in some way to its environment, and take autonomous decisions or actions in order to achieve a specific task.

On the other hand, a vacuum cleaner that can navigate around a room, or a solar panel that seeks the sun, can be considered as a robotic system.

It is also important to note that the  “robots” featured in Robot Wars for instance or any solely remote controlled device would not fall under this definition and would be closer to a more complex remote controlled car.

If you are unsure of what you want your robot to do or simply want to concentrate your efforts on specific tasks, here are some ideas: In order to build increasingly complex robots, most professionals and hobbyists use knowledge they have acquired when building previous robots.

Robotics incorporates aspects of many disciplines including engineering (mechanical, electrical, computer), sciences (mathematics and physics) and arts (aesthetics) and users are free to use their imagination.

Although many competitions are specifically for students (elementary to university), there also exist open competitions where adults and professionals alike can compete.

In addition to the service areas such as cleaning, surveillance, inspection and maintenance, we utilize these robots where manual task execution is dangerous, impossible or unacceptable.

In this exercise, we have chosen to make a mobile platform in order to get an understanding of motors, sensors, microcontrollers and programming, and to include a variety of sensors.

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