Wednesday, February 11, 2015

RoboCORE Combines Hardware And Software To Make Robot Building Easy


The Polish-based startup, Husarion, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for RoboCORE. RoboCORE is the intersection of hardware and software, and it's an all-in-one package for building your own robot without extensive programming knowledge.

For many robot hobbyists, bringing together the right hardware and software can be a daunting task. But that's exactly where RoboCORE comes into play. 

The heart-shaped, open-source RoboCORE combines hardware and software into one solid package. Compared to other similar products on the market, RoboCORE has some pretty sweet and unique features. With its Internet connectivity features, users can stream audio, video, and upload code to their RoboCORE. Numerous ports support servos, sensors, and even SD cards. In addition, RoboCORE is compatible with sensors and motors from the LEGO Mindstorms kit.

RoboCORE's programming environment is both app-based and web-based. An Android app allows users to program via their smartphone while the web-based programming application can be used to program RoboCORE over the Internet. 
 "If you have ever programmed the Arduino, you can easily handle the RoboCORE too. RoboCORE libraries are based on real-time operating system, so in an easy and transparent way you can create multi-threaded, real-time algorithms defining your robot's behaviour, with a strict control over the execution time of each operation." 
Future plans for the programming interface include Arduino and Scratch so even kids can create robots.

Inside the RoboCORE is a magnitude of components and peripherals. These components include the Cortex-M4 core microcontroller, Intel's Edison mini computer (WiFi and Bluetooth functionality), DC motor ports and encoders, sensor ports, and slots for SD cards. The Intel Edison provides RoboCORE with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities. Encoders give feedback and allow for precise motor shaft control. Sensor ports are included and support the use of external sensors such as those found in the LEGO Mindstorms kit.

RoboCORE will be available in two models. The $69, 82x82 mm version will offer basic functionality for beginners while more advanced users can use the $99, 115x115 version. Below is a list comparing the two models. Each model

All of these features can be used to create a wide range of robots. From affordable telepresence robots to cloud-controlled robot lawnmowers, RoboCORE knows no boundaries. Husarion plans to ship RoboCORE out to backers in July of 2015. 

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This is a repost of an article that appeared on on February 11, 2015

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