Video: Roomba Pac-Man Comes to “Life”
I love the fact that some smart geeks have no social life. A couple of guys decided to build a real life Pac-Man, but used the vacuum that controls on its own — the Roomba. The talented team hacked five Roomba, four are ghosts that are chasing one Pac-Man. The unmanned demo is connected to a laptop where the viewer can wtach a virtual representation of what’s going on, on the floor.
Each Roomba ghosts are using an internal odometry, which has a positioning system and they can find they’re way around the maze and chase Pac-Man at the same time, without ever bumping into each other. Just like in the game, when Pac-Man has the ability to attack the ghosts, all four will glide away from him. If Pac-Man ends up touching one of them, they will be forced to go back to the middle, before they resume to chase the yellow vacuum cleaner.