iRobot Create

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This is an unmodified iRobot Create with Command Module (the small green attachment).

iRobot Create is a hobbyist robot manufactured by iRobot that was introduced in 2007 and based on their Roomba vacuum cleaning platform. The iRobot Create is explicitly designed for robotics development and improves the experience beyond simply hacking the Roomba.[1][2] The Create replaces its Roomba predecessor's vacuum cleaner hardware with a cargo bay that also houses a DB-25 port providing serial communication, digital input & output, analog input & output, and an electric power supply.[3][1][2] The Create also has a 7-pin Mini-DIN serial port through which sensor data can be read and motor commands can be issued using the iRobot Roomba Open Interface (ROI) protocol.[4]

The platform accepts virtually all accessories designed for iRobot's second generation Roomba 400 Series domestic robots and can also be programmed with the addition of iRobot's own Command Module (a microcontroller with a USB connector and four DE-9 expansion ports).[4] As of 2013, the Command Module is no longer being sold.[5]

Controller[edit]

Due to the limitations in storage space and processing power of the iRobot Command Module, many choose to utilize an external computer in controlling the Create robot.[citation needed] Since the built-in serial port supports the transmission of sensor data and can receive actuation commands, any embedded computer that supports serial communication can be used as the control computer.[4]

A number of robot interface server / simulators support the iRobot Create. Most notably, the Player Project has long included a device interface for the Roomba,[6] and developed a Create interface in Player 2.1.[7] The Universal Real-time Behavior Interface (URBI) environment also contains a Create interface.[8]

The Microsoft Robotics Studio and the Webots simulation environment contain iRobot Create models.[9][10]

Community[edit]

A team of iRobot Create robots at the Human-Automation Systems Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology.
iRobot with mounted camera and minicomputer
Simulation of an iRobot Create in Webots

The iRobot Create is popular in the robotic research and hobbyist community. Some examples of iRobot create projects:

Competition[edit]

In 2007 iRobot hosted the "Create Challenge", offering US$5,000 with the goal of creating an "innovative robot that's functional, helpful, entertaining, whimsical or simply amazing".[16] The winner was Danh Trinh, with their "Personal Home Robot" which "reminds owners to take their medication, turns lights on and off, and controls appliances."[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miller, Paul (2006-11-29). "iRobot Create: Roomba hacking for the everyman". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b Kanellos, Michael (2007-01-07). "Build your own bot, courtesy of iRobot". CNET. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  3. ^ iRobot Create Open Interface (OI) Specification. iRobot. 2006. p. 4. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  4. ^ a b c Banks, Zach (2009-05-01). "Fun with the iRobot Create". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ Fenlong, Wesley. "10 Years of Roomba Hacks: From Magic Marker Art to Combat". Tested.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Gerkey, Brian (2005-09-12). "Player 2.0.0 Manual; roomba [Drivers]". Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Gerkey, Brian (2005-09-12). "Player 2.1 Manual; create [Drivers]". Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Programming Tools". CircuitsMadeEasy.com. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  9. ^ Henning, William (2007-04-04). "iRobot "Create" Platform". Neoseeker. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  10. ^ Hoxsey, Alec (2009). "Create-ing a Robot Simulator". Kalamazoo College (Oberlin College). Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Engineering Tools". Botball Educational Robotics Program. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  12. ^ "Robotics". Brown University. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  13. ^ Kress-Gazit, Hadas (2013-01-22). "MAE 4180/5180: Autonomous Mobile Robots". Cornell University. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  14. ^ Eaton, Kit (2011-02-10). "$500 iRobot Hack Lets You Be Two Places at Once". Fast Company. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  15. ^ Carmody, Tim (2010-11-18). "Control a 3-D–Mapping Robot With Gestures? Just Add Kinect". Wired. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  16. ^ "iRobot Create Contest Rules". Tom's Hardware. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  17. ^ Jones, K.C. (2007-10-30). "Personal Home Robot Wins iRobot's Create Challenge". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  18. ^ Melanson, Donald (2007-10-30). "iRobot announces winner of Create Challenge contest". Engadget. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 

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