Radio Shack Robie Meets Roomba

Kenny Storm

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I just got this little gem today, bought from ebay for $29.77 shipped:) Its an original Radio Shack Robie from 1984, clean with a unscathed dome:) Not even the talking one either, this lil guy has two functions: forward and turn in reverse, the arms are just for show...and I didn't get a controller with it. So, he's a blank canvas:D The idea I have is to mount him on a roomba to house the ez-b and a camera, build a couple of arms and have myself a retro looking cleaning robot with an attitude lol;) Damn, this thing is small; I have a Nintendo R.O.B. that I converted to R/C with a C6C 6 channel controller, and Robie is smaller than that. Stay tuned, this oughta be fun:D
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The Roomba battery although rated at 14.4 vdc will contain up to 17.5 vdc when fully charged. The stock Roomba power supply has an output voltage of 22.5 vdc and comes in two flavors, either .75 amps (standard charger) or 1.25 amps (fast charger). Caution should be used in connecting the EZ-B to the Roomba to prevent it being directly exposed to the power supply output voltage.
ROOMBA is my favorate platform ,it has 3 extra driver outputs one rated at 17 volts at 1.500 amp and 2 at 500ma you need a step down regulator
i have over 30 of them i put together with a deck to sell like TURTLEBOT that sellls very fast
platform as alot of sensors and homming beacon to return to home base
i designed a second battery hook up and disconnect charging circuit,CANT charge both batteries at the same time,because of the circuit inside the roomba board
second working on a higher torque motor upgrade a nd h-bridge circuit change
i also have the radio shack ROBIE i got it on ebay $20 shipped and working perfect
will modify for a robot latter with EZB
hope to see more photos of your project soon

KENDO4QUATTRO you asked about ground problems when you remove the brush motors,vacuum motors and side brush motors,first you will have much room ,and add a brackets on the 15 volt brush motor output you need a 2 amp DC-DC converter at 7.5 output or close to it or regulator circuit

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THIS PHOTO is the bracket i made with a plastic plate on top
when you remove the cover on the roomba on the internet it shows where all the screws are and some are hidden too
need any info on roomba can help since i know a lot about them
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Whoop! I just picked up one of the same bots from a car boot sale this morning for 1. Score!:)

IMO the screen in his chest is screaming out to be used for something. I'm not quite sure what for yet:)

Anwyho, rest assured I'll be keeping an eye on this project for some ideas. Good luck with it.
i would get the roomba first and use EZB software to get use to using it and have time to remove all the vacuum parts inside it,save the wires of the motors it comes in handy for controlling other stuff with your roomba
Well, *was* going to be an exciting project...Jer361 is already doing the Romnibot, I can't afford a roomba, so I've bailed on this one for now. I just ordered my EZ-B today, its going in my Robophilo instead, many thanks to DJ for making the Auto Position feature:D I'll post videos of "Phil" when i get him walking:D
I got one of my roombas for only $4 at goodwill on a saturday, 50% off. You might try it. Maybe you CAN afford a roomba.
wow MEL i got the same roomba at my goodwill a few blocks from me for $6 and when i charged it work great,battery still good,GOODWILL and THRIFT STORES are great place to find robots toys cheap
Yeh, I wanted to let him know that he COULD afford a Roomba. It is going to be a SIN not to combine those to bots together as originally planned.
Wow, its been awhile. Yes, MovieMaker, it would be a sin not to combine them...So I did it:D Got a Roomba for $30 at goodwill, then spent $40 on a new battery. This was a great idea, and this first vid is just the start:D I've got much more modifying to do lol

THAT ws a high price to pay for a roomba ,but aleast you got one,i could easy sell you one of mine for less then $30 with shipping

but the video looks great
Your selling functional roombas for 30 bucks?
Whoa, I'm gonna assume you're talking to robotmaker lol. I bought my first one on ebay for $40. Since then,I've found 3 at the goodwill in seattle for$30 each. Of course they have bad batteries and no charger. Now I have two 400's , a first gen roomba pro, and a roomba pro elite. They all had the same problem, they just needed cleaned lol...but I'm not selling any of mine lol
YES JOSH,but depends on what you wanted extra ,like a deck mount,or second battery upgrade with charger design or upgrade motor with double the torque ,i have 50 4200 series roomba's right now
12 inch round deck is from zagros about $10 i mounted it for $12.50 total
Baby steps here. I added pan and tilt to my camera and added a light. I have the personality generator running to give him random head movements. I also set up a couple scripts so now the personality generator is paused whenever tracking is acquired. Lovin this new software update:-)
Ha ha ha. , I happened to watch you video while visiting my mother. She said she liked your robot riding the other , Yeehaw!
yes it looks good,havent work out what i am going to do with both of my radio shack ROBIE
Missing my robots at home,about 3 weeks to go till i get back in usa :( *stress*
@ Kenny Storm: good job! always a pleasure to see a video of a robot made by a member of the community, and I like the robot's mouth, smiling, gives a lot of personality. I missed you just one thing: to see how the cat catches the chain that leads into the hands ha ha.