Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner Integration

The Xiaomi Mi robot can be controlled using a Python command line tool that can be found at https://github.com/rytilahti/python-mirobo. This program requires Python 3.4 or newer. On a Raspberry Pi with a Raspbian distribution older than Jessie you have to setup Python 3 by following the instructions at http://depado.markdownblog.com/2015-03-12-short-tutorial-raspbian-python3-4-rpi-gpio. (You don't need to install the Python GPIO libraries, however.) You can also download and install a version of Python that is more recent; have a look at https://www.python.org/ftp/python/ to see which versions are available. This integration has been verified to work with Python 3.4.6.

Once the command line tool is available and working, the Xiaomi robot can be controlled using commands issued by Exec ports. You need the robot's IP address and the encryption token generated before registering the robot with its control app.

It is recommended to use virtualenv. To do so, follow the instructions at http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/dev/virtualenvs/.

Make sure that you have Python installed. Install virtualenv via pip:

$ pip install virtualenv

In your openhat directory, create a folder called mirobo and initialize it for virtualenv:

$ mkdir mirobo
$ virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3 mirobo

Use your mirobo folder as Python environment:

$ cd mirobo
$ source bin/activate

Install mirobo:

$ sudo apt-get install libffi-dev libssl-dev
$ pip3 install python-mirobo

See https://github.com/rytilahti/python-mirobo for how to get started and retrieve the encryption token.

The testconfigs folder contains an include file that can be used to setup the control ports for a Xiaomi robot (xiaomi_mi_robovac.ini). Example:

IncludeXiaomi = 100

Type = Include
Filename = testconfigs/xiaomi_mi_robovac.ini

ROBOVAC_GROUP = ... (optional)
ROBOVAC_IP = <IP address as reported by 'mirobo discover'>
ROBOVAC_TOKEN = <encryption token as reported by 'mirobo discover'>

See the include file testconfigs/xiaomi_mi_robovac.ini for more documentation.