Building a bot won’t require a degree in robotics engineering, anymore. Now, everything you need comes in a kit.
Called the Multiplo Robot Building Kit, it helps people create, program and control their very own droid.
Users get a box that includes laser-cut components for frames, hinges, wheels and gears. The parts are designed to fit together, so tools aren’t required.
Of course, a body must come equipped with brains. Enter the DuinoBot, an “all-in-one robot controller” with motor outputs, easy-to-use sensor connectors, and a plastic case, among other features. It’s also compatible with Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform.
The entire Multiplo system is open source, so anyone can hack, tweak and generally improve it, according to the creators.
“Our goal is to make this technology available to more people,” they say. “We want to lower the price of our kits in order to flood the world with cheap and meaningful robots.”
With 27 days remaining in the Kickstarter campaign, Multiplo has already raised more than double its original goal of $15,000.
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