Roomba Releases New Vacuum Robot Without the Vacuum

Your cat just got a sweet new ride. The $200 iRobot Create 2, a programmable Roomba-without-the-vacuum, allows any code-savvy cat to wrestle precise control over its joy-low-rides.

But it’s not just for cats. In fact, the Create 2 was developed with high-school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students in mind. The Create 2’s Open Interface allows users to control the robot if a computer or microcontroller is tethered to the robot’s serial port. You can run commands from a full-on computer or an Arduino microcontroller or Raspberry Pi stashed in the robot’s bin/tray. The latter aren’t included in the package, however.

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