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Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

The Gåågle Bot - AJAX Robot #2

When my latest son was born I got a little worried since he didn't look at all like me. I decided I needed a discrete device to spy on my wife while I was at work. I started hacking my roomba and made a GåågleBot (pronounced /google-bot/). GåågleBot is a "home crawler" consisting of a vacuum roomba with an on board webserver and camera. While the vacuum goes about its business, it extracts text from the images it takes. The text is later put in a database on the roomba and searchable through a web interface. This was a good pretext for my wife. I, of course, also added the ability to remote control the roomba using AJAX...for spying purposes...hehe.
GaagleBot
I created a dedicated site for the little fellow for fun with showcase app. http://www.GaagleBot.com

This is the next version of My AJAX Lego Robot. I'm working on yet another version of my AJAX Remote Controlled thingies...stay tuned.
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Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

We've done something like this with Android phones and industrial robots already. It has GPS and tracking, and doesn't need an expensive Gumstix - it actually uses the phone for sensors. There's some raw video up on our youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/Spiritplumber

Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

coolstuff. Although I had created the blog post a day ago, I did this back in the summer of 2007.

Camera

Great job!!! I would love to know what camera you are using and how you connected it to the gumstix.

Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

can i suggest you consider using www.scenereader.com?

Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

Nice project. I'm working on something similar too, although I could never afford a gumtrix on my student budget. How is the power consumption with a gumtrix? I'm using a asus router WL-520gu that runs at 5v and idles with a current of about .4 amps. Also, how are you doing the video stuff(On the hardware level I mean)? Do you have a mpeg-2 encoder? Or does your gumtrix have composite video in?

Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

hello im working with the c328 and i can not cath the image i don not understand the data can you help me?

Re: Turn your roomba into a walking google bot

is your wiring good? alos, there are cheaper, faster and better cameras out there today that are easier to work with

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