Roomba gets Wii Fit

Man surfs with Wii balance board to control his Roomba vacuum cleaner.

"Ron" Tajima of Japan has figured out a clever hack for his Wii Fit balance board and Roomba.

He calls his latest creation the "Surfin' ba."

Instead of just showing off with fancy footwork , Tajima also demonstrates how he did it. As with his other Roomba hacks, Tajima attaches a serial Bluetooth adapter he developed himself to the Roomba.

This is Tajima's third Roomba hack. His others are a version of a Wiimote-controlled Roomba, and the Pacmba, a Roomba with LED lights.

(Via Electric Pig)

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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