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Posted 16 Nov 2010 at 17:34 UTC by steve Share This

We're big fans of promoting the adoption of free software for robotics use so we couldn't pass this story up. William Cox of RobotBox is offering a bounty to free software developers and robot hackers who are willing to reverse engineer the laser rangefinder on Neato Robotics's XV-11.

Inspired by Ladyada's Kinect bounty, I thought, "hey, why can't I do that?" So, I'm offering a $200 bounty to the first person that successfully hacks Neato Robotics's XV-11 floor vacuuming robot's laser rangefinder and releases open source documentation/drivers for using it on a robot. This type of sensor would be a great asset to small (and large) mobile robots and it's a steal for the $399 it costs to buy the Neato robot. I want to kickstart the process of documenting how to use it.

Maybe a kickstarter campaign should be set up because Willaim's $200 bounty has already been upped to $300. RobotNV on the Trossen Robotics forums is contributing another $100 towards the bounty. Anyone else out there want to chip in a few bucks to help promote software freedom and help reverse engineer some pretty cool hardware for robots?

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