Monday, June 15, 2009

The "Re-Birth" of Laptop Based Robot Kits

Last week I posted about the re-birth of Domestic Computer Robots like the 914 PC-Bot which can be considered as a direct evolution of the HERO. So recently I have also found something similar with a great robotics kit from 2002 that used a plain laptop computer for its brain. This laptop based robot from 2002 was created by Evolution Robotics which they named it "EV1"; its life was cut short because back in 2002 laptops were expensive to be used for robot projects. Fast forward 7 years and laptops have greatly reduced their price and size; just take a look at the popular Netbooks created by Asus, Lenovo, Acer and many other manufacturers.

With less than US$350 you can purchase a brand new and very functional Netbook that can be used on the robot kits offered by RoBe:Do Robotics which can be considered as a descendant of the EV1. RoBe:Do Robotics is a real "Mom and Pop" shop based in the state of Colorado, USA. Currently they have the four wheeled robot kits called "Coppa" and "Silvio"; these guys are designed to carry or haul heavier payloads and the three wheeled robot kit called "Three" which is designed for the need for speed! All of these robot kits have flexible USB controllers which with the combination of highly level software libraries make easy mastery of the robot components. These robot kits are easy to add components like controllers, sensors, actuators and other physical extensions. All of RoBe:Do robots can be controlled and programmed by:

* C, C++, C#
* Cocoa
* Delphi
* Flash AS3
* Flex AS3
* Java
* LabView
* Matlab
* Max/MSP
* Microsoft Robotics Studio
* .NET
* Python
* VBScript
* Visual Basic
* Any other tool which can access library files

Get your domestic robot idea out the door if you already have a Windows or Linux based Netbook laying around; pay a visit to RoBe:Do and choose a kit that meets your needs. This is your chance to make a difference.


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