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Roomba becomes the tele-existence machine, with Telemba

Tokyo, Japan Hardware
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About this project

Telemba is the cheapest robot kit for tele-presence. Telemba builds your Roomba and Android into a new communication tool!

What is “Telemba”?

Telemba is the most economical and most compact tele-presence robot in the world. If you have a Roomba and an android tablet or phone, you are almost ready to start using this tele-presence robot. The only thing you have to do is to get a telemeba.

What is the “Tele-presence”?

Tele-presence (or Tele-existence) is a technology for a real-time interaction and sensation by being present at a place. Of course, you can make face-to-face video calls with those who are living in a far place from your home. But then, you don't have any freedom to move a view from smart devices on your own free will. Is there any solution? Yes, there is a tele-presence robot.

But, wait a minute. How much is that? Jeez, even the cheap ones cost more than 2,500 US dollars per unit! We can’t afford such a high price!

Don’t worry guys. You’ve come to the right place.

This is a real solution, Telemba! 

Telemba provides you the avatar in the far place. The big feature of this tele-presence robot is you can move to anywhere and see everything what you want! 

Life with Telemba

You can talk with people in far place!     

Funding period May 1 2014-Jun 30 2014(30days)

Enjoy chatting with your lovely family and pet using Telemba! Take a wonderful photo!


System of Telemba


Telemba works with android apps named “Telemba Controller” and “Google+”. The overview of Telemba is shown above.

You can easily build your Telemba as follows.

1. Prepare a Roomba and Android tablet(or phone). 

2. Download and install TelembaController app into the Android tablet(or phone) from Google Play. If you don’t have Google+, please install it. 

3. Attach the Telemba’s pole on the Roomba. Then, hold your android tablet on the Telemba’s tablet holder. Attach the Telemba’s tablet holder on the Telemba’s pole.After that, attach the Telemba’s tablet holder on the Telemba’s pole.

 4. Connect Telemba’s connector to the Roomba.

That’s all! You made it! Now, you are ready to use Telemba!

To connect your Telemba over the internet, you only have to follow three steps:

1. Turn on your PC, open Google Chrome, and start Hangout. If you don’t have Hangout, please install it.

2. Click a menu of Telemba’s connector, type your ID and password. Your ID can be check in Telemba Controller.

3. Click a connect button to get Telemba under control from your PC via the internet.  

Now, you can move your Telemba anywhere you want and talk with people through your Telemba!

Including parts with Telemba

  •  a base which is attached to Roomba
  •  a holder for an android tablet
  •  a pole which connects the two (adjustable about 0.6 m - 1.1m length)
  •  a circuit board to control Roomba
  •  a USB cable that connects the android tablet to the controller board
  •  a mini-DIN cable that connects the controller board to Roomba

You connect these to create this.


You may not want such a tall robot. But, don’t worry. We have developed smaller size of Telemba, named Telemba-mini only for Kickstarter’s backers!

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Including parts with Telemba-mini

  • a base which is attached to Roomba  
  • a holder for an android tablet  
  • a circuit board to control Roomba  
  • a USB cable that connects the android tablet to the controller board 
  • a mini-DIN cable that connects the controller board to Roomba 

You can select Telemba or Telemba-mini. Please see rewards.

Explore your home!

You can see another world! Through Telemba-mini!

The Future  

To achieve this project, we need your support and urge for Telemba.

We have a strong passion to provide you a new and thrilling environment for Telemba. 

If you have an unused Roomba, Android Phones or Tablets, and backing our project, we can absolutely guarantee that you can step into a whole new world with Telemba!

Open Source and Hardware

The software is all provided with open-source license available from Internet. So, you can customize your Telemba, add and share new functions with your global folks. Possibilities of the Telemba are infinite.

And what is more, we will release our schematics and CAD files! We would like to develop Telemba with you!

Expand and Share your Great world with Telemba!

Development History

First prototype:




Our Schedule


Telemba-Basic (not including Roomba & Android device)

Telemba-mini (not including Roomba & Android device)


About Early Bird plan of Telemba-Basic

We prepared the special plan for "Telemba-Basic (not including Roomba)", called "Early Bird plan of Telemba-Basic (not including Roomba)".

It is totally same as "Telemba-Basic (not including Roomba)".

We offer Telemba-Basic at reasonable price only for 10 buckers!

It's a first-come-first-serve event, so don't miss your chance!

About Shipping

As normal shipping method, we will use the delivery service of Japan Post. In that case, shipping fee is included inside the plan.  

With this method, tracking service to enable you see the status of your item can be used in most countries.The following countries and territories are available for our delivery with tracking service.About unlisted countries, we are presently checking whether tracking service is available or not for other countries.

[A] Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan,  

[B] Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria  

[C] Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic  

[D] Denmark  

[E] Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia  

[F] Fiji, Finland, France  

[G] Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guam  

[H] Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary  

[I ] Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy  

[J] Jamaica, Japan, Jordan  

[K] Kenya, Korea  

[L] Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg  

[M] Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar  

[N] Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway  

[P] Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal  

[Q] Qatar  

[R] Rumania, Russia, Rwanda  

[S] Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria  

[T] Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey  

[U] Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay  

[V] Venezuela, Vietnam  

[Z] Zimbabwe

About US

We are professionals in the field of Robotics!

Professor: Professor Kei Okada at Tokyo University (second person from a right in the photo)  

Project Leader: Dr. Ryosuke Tajima (at right in the photo)  

Designer: Mr. Yamamoto (at left in the photo)  

Programmer: Mr. Wake (second person from a left)  and Mr. Noda (middle person in the photo) 

Advisor:  Ryuma Niiyama

Partner :  QibiTech Inc.

We received Gugen2013 sponsor award in Japan with Telemba.


We appreciate specially iRobot, the company produced wonderful Roomba. And to Google's great services. Roomba and Andorid are trademarks of each manufacturer.

Risks and challenges

You use the ROI(Roomba Open Interface) at your own risk. After using the interface, your Roomba may not be supported by the manufacturer, even if the malfunction were not caused by our product. Again we must emphasize that you use the ROI (Roomba Open Interface) at your own risk.

This project has nothing with iRobot Corp. Please don't inquire them about this project.

If we are funded, we must do the following before we the product to you:

- re-design the circuit board suitable for production
- design the moulded parts.
The holder itself is a ready-made part. We have to design the base legs and connector of tablet holder.
- prepare an Android app for control
- redesign the firmware for the control board for robustness
- prepare the server for controlling Telemba

Though we believe we can meet the shipping date, we need to ask for your support if the shipping is delayed for some reason.

You need a server to control Telemba via internet. We will provide a free server for at least a year, but we cannot guarantee to provide it long term. As we mentioned in "Open source", you can make your own server if you want.

All progress will be presented here eventually through regular updates. Please ask us if you have questions.

We will spare no effort to ensure a fun and exciting our future product for the people use Telemba.

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