Roomba Robot Project

We are repurposing some older iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners as robotic learning platforms.  One goal is to mount a Raspberry Pi with WiFi and camera and have the Roomba follow a colored ball (it’s been done but…).  We could explore simple algorithms like birds flocking and related emergent behavior if we get enough of them.  Also as a learning platform to play with “Robot Operating System” (ROS2).  These are a good basic robot platform and are inexpensive if you can find a cheap older (500 or 600 series) Roomba at a yard sale.  Replacement batteries are about $20 and they have a serial port (5V TTL level) for communication and control.  Lots of library support out there also.  We now have a group of us at FMS that are getting familiar with this platform and can help others who want to convert one.

This work should feed directly into the electric wheelchair robot project.  Same software functionality but on a larger more capable platform.

If you have an older iRobot Roomba vacuum that you would like to donate contact us at


Due to rising COVID case counts in Framingham and throughout the state, this event will be postponed until further notice.

What:  Fiber Art Open House


Where:  Framingham Makerspace

Free and open to all. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.
Face coverings are required for this event.
What is fiber art? Anything to do with yarn or fabric:sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, spinning, and much more! Come learn about our existing fiber art capabilities, how we plan to expand in the coming year, and all the kinds of cool stuff you can make with new and old technology..

We will demo our sewing and embroidery machines – take home a patch with your name on it! Current members can also complete a checkout to use the equipment.

We’ll also discuss our expansion plans for next year,and our new fiber art lab space – which will include a Kniterate fully automated knitting machine (like a 3D printer for fabric!), a long arm quilting machine for creating large quilts, and spinning and weaving tools.