DJ Roomba: fun with the Internet of Things
The Roomba has had a bad press (some would say rightly) for a while, so hacking it to bits seems like the best course of revenge... in the nicest way possible. Taking its cues from the DJ Roomba device in Parks & Recreation, This is a cracking, fun article: tinkering, failure, and finding fun things to do with IOT devices.
I must hand it to the Roomba — I didn't have too much difficulty with this fella, despite its penchant for nibbling at power cords a little too much for my liking. The Roomba's spherical shape can comfortably hold any small- to medium-size speaker, so the diameter was never a problem with the devices to come. The setup, too, was easy, and I was able to get it up, running, and docked next to my cubicle in about 20 minutes. The sole quibble comes down to the sound it generates. This isn't a silent vacuum, nor is it incredibly loud — but its constant sonic sweeping purr is enough to raise the eyebrows of even the chillest colleagues, and distort even the gnarliest of Greg Hawkes's keyboard solos. It soon became clear that the winning speaker would not only have to emote crisp sound, but powerful sound as well. Oh, also, Parks and Rec definitely utilized some editing magic to get a more desirable sound in DJ Roomba's intro scene. I call bullshit, Mike Schur!Devon Ivie