Roomba, meet the Wiimote
Hacker uses remote to clean house
Already bored with playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on your new Wii? You might try using using the console's already legendary remote to control a household robot.
One person who did just that is a young man named Chris Hughes, who hacked the Roomba vacuum cleaner so that he could make the rugbot do his bidding. And he's posted the modified source code online so that you can do the same.
Hughes, who bears a strong resemblance to Matt Damon, offers a quick intro to the Wii-Roomba hack in a YouTube video that can be found on the Web site Spazout.com, along with the modified code. It's not exactly Nascar--the Roomba edges forward and back a few inches, and does a slo-mo spin or two, as Hughes moves the Wii remote. But hey, it is just a demo.
And it's bound to appeal to the Roomba hackers Hughes is addressing. "As you guys can see, that is pretty flippin' awesome," he says in the video.
Hughes also gives a shout-out to fellow code jockey and Roomba specialist Tod Kurt. "He's got great Java libraries."