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RAPIRO Robot runs with a Raspberry PI and is Arduino Compatible
Anyone who has ever wanted a robot can now purchase one that costs less than most market robots, but isn’t quite as ugly as the tin-can you can build yourself. Rapiro is a robot launched on Kickstarter, the crowd funding site. Rapiro actually doubled its funding goal within 20 days, or 1/3rd of the time to reach that goal on Kickstarter. As a result, you will definitely be seeing Rapiro up for sale and you have until August 19th to purchase one via Kickstarter.
What is RAPIRO Robot?
RAPIRO or Raspberry PI Robot is a very small robot that uses Raspberry PI (the credit card sized mini-computer) to operate and run. While this idea is not a first, RAPIRO is shown to be much more functional and adaptive than previous models such as the BrickPI which were basically toys. RAPIRO is made of multiple 3D printed parts, is arduino compatible, and can be programmed and modified to perform a variety of different tasks in addition to the ones already installed. For example, it is possible to install a camera, LED IRA, remote controls, and more so that the robot can control the air conditioning, act as a security robot to alert you in case of a break in, or even change the channel on your TV at a voice command.
What Makes it Different?
RAPIRO isn’t the first robot, or even the first Raspberry PI robot, so what makes it special? In addition to costing only $350 for the full kit (That’s considerably less than competing models), RAPIRO is designed to be an open source robot that can be modified, upgraded, and programmed however you like. Kids learning technology can have their own robot to learn and program, while adults and hobbyists can enjoy the same. Because the robot is easy to take apart and put together he can be constantly upgraded. Maker, Shota Ishiwatari also claims that he will later be releasing specs for download that can be used to design and make modifications to the body using a 3D printer. While not extremely high on everyone’s robot priority list, this means that the RAPRIO robot can be modified in every single way, including physical appearance.
Shota Ishiwatari is also the inventor of Tailly, the robotic tail that wags when your heart rate goes up.
What’s In the Kit?
The Raspberry PI Robot kit includes a lot of cool stuff that you could use to build your own robot but importantly does not include the Raspberry PI, although the robot does work without it, it simply cannot do as much. You will have to get the Raspberry PI yourself, or if you’re tech savvy, take apart an old phone and modify the computer inside instead of spending the $25 on the Raspberry PI. The kit includes the plastic parts, 12 servo controllers, a servo control board, an RGB LED board, and all of the cables and screws you need to build your own. You can also pick up a camera, and any other small electronic parts that will fit into the casing to modify your robot.
Currently RAPIRO has been shown with a variety of eye colors which can be changed using the LED panel that comes with the robot. For the cost of 5,000 British pounds, or almost $7,500 you can have one custom built to your specifications. Otherwise, for right around $350, you can have all of the parts except the computer that you need to make your own fully customizable robot.
Too much for a gadget? If you’re feeling brave you can try to buy these parts yourself, the servo control board usually costs about $40 for a good quality one, while each controller can cost anywhere from $5-$50 depending on the brand and the quality. As a result, if you have your own 3D printer, you could likely figure out how to make your own for under $200 or less, plus multiple hours of hassle.
Of course, RAPIRO looks cool for something you don’t have to design yourself…. plus he’s cute
While RAPIRO Is tiny, and a little on the slow side, he looks like a great way to teach anyone computer programming and handling electronics.