Coming home to find that your Roomba eating your laptop cable is one thing, but having to reprogram it’s schedule because it ran out of battery is the worst. If you’re literate in programming it is possible to control it via a port under the case. There’s even an Arduino library for it. But the word is that it’s a pain to get up and running. Besides, it means hacking the case. Now though there’s another options – Thinking Cleaner; the WIFI plugin for your robot hoover.
Thinking Cleaner is a custom designed circuit board which neatly plugs into the serial port under the casing. Hacksawing a hole in it isn’t necessary thanks to the replacement plate which accommodates the circuit.
Simply WIFI enabling the Roomba opens a lot of exciting doors. The upgrade kit naturally comes with web and smartphone apps to control and schedule it from anywhere, but what should really be fun is its API.
They’re asking for €40,000 on KickStarter and they must be funded. So go do that now.