RAPIRO stands for RAspberri PI RObot, and is a low-cost robot that runs on open-source Arduino software. It’s already fully funded on Kickstarter, so manufacturing will be a go once the campaign ends.
According to the campaign page, the robot makes use of 12 on-board servo motors that allow it to move it’s arms, legs and hands in addition to turning it’s head.
I believe that RAPIRO can be a catalyst between robotics and Paspberry Pi. We want to start a revolution in cute, cool, affordable, customizable, and programmable robots. If we are successful in our kickstarter, we will publish 3D data (.stl) on our website, allowing you to customize the RAPIRO with a 3D printer.Shota Ishiwatari, Project Creator
Because the Raspberry Pi and Arduino provide the brains of the RAPIRO, developers and home hackers can riff on the functionality of the robot in a variety of ways. Some of the different ideas thrown out by the project creators include controlling via a wired or wireless remote, voice response, or even using it to turn on household devices. It’s designed to accept a distance sensor and speakers out of the box, although neither are included with the kit.
The entire device is assembled by the buyer and can be built with a simple screwdriver.
The RAPIRO is available via Kickstarter for a £200 preorder. The device is a collaboration between Ishiwatari’s company Kiluck corp, JMC Inc. (3D printer), SWITCHSCIENCE (electronics) and MIYOSHI Co. Ltd. (injection molding). The funds will be used for final production. There certainly seems to be capable leadership behind the campaign but whether or not that team can fulfill backer rewards remains to be seen.
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