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[DPRG] Is the Rovio a viable platform?

Subject: [DPRG] Is the Rovio a viable platform?
From: Ed Paradis legomaniac at gmail.com
Date: Sat Jan 23 07:54:57 CST 2010

I would think the holonomic drive with omni wheels would not work well
on carpet or over any thresholds.


On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 7:42 AM, Michael Giambalvo <heathkit at gmail.com> wrote:
> After a few years building different platforms, using kits or starting
> from scratch with surplus, I always come down to the same goal that I
> seem to have so much trouble meeting.
> All I'd like is a little living room robot with good quality encoders,
> and either a computer or a nicely done wifi link.   Ideally, it would
> be engineer so as not to get easily stuck and have some kind of
> well-designed docking system for charging.  Also, a decent run time is
> a must.
> Right now, I'm leaning towards just sticking a tiny Atom based board
> and a webcam on my roomba.  Maybe even a Create. But the Rovio looks
> interesting - it might be exactly what I want, already built, at a
> nice price!
> Has anyone experimented with "hacking" it?  They seem to have a nice
> and open API, and I've seen some hardware mods.  I'm wondering if
> anyone has used it as a platform and has an opinion on how well it
> putters around a living room.
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