RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO is a robot and a robotic kit designed by Shota Ishiwatari, the founder of kiluck.co.jp. It is designed to work with a Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized board that runs Linux or GNU/Linux.

It comes with 12 servo motors and full-color LED for eyes. And it only requires a screwdriver to assemble. No need for soldering.

The servo control board is programmable and Arduino-compatible, and a Raspberry Pi (with an optional camera module) is mounted in its head. That’s how RAPIRO got its name – RAspberry PI RObot. It can also take a PSD distance sensor and speakers. So what can RAPIRO do?

Plenty. Here’s a short list:

  • It can be wifi-enabled and be used as a secretary robot – notify you of Facebook and Twitter messages, manage your Google calendar, fetch objects for you, etc
  • When equipped with a Raspberry Pi camera module, it can function as a home security robot
  • Embed an IR LED in it, and you can use it to control a TV or some other device

Plus any other nifty ideas you can imagine. Ishiwatari intends to publish the sample code and 3D data for anybody to mess with. It is being promoted on Kickstarter here, and for about US$310, you get a complete kit, with a December 2013 delivery date.

The following images show parts and pieces of RAPIRO.

Rapiro Raspberry Pi robotics kit

Rapiro Raspberry Pi robotics kit

Rapiro

Here’s an introductory video of RAPIRO.

Related Posts

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released Linux Deepin has been renamed to Deepin and the first (and last) beta of what will become Deepin 2014 has been released. Details of the beta release w...
APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA) and the International Forum Design Hannover (iF) have awarded the APC Paper the Design and Innovation Award at ...
EU space agency to start a repository for open source applications The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to build a repository for hosting and developing it's open source applications, including flight software, groun...
EaseUS Partition Master Free: A full-featured disk manager for Windows Editor: This post is brought to you by EaseUS. It is posted for the benefit of those running Windows and a Linux/BSD distribution on the same machine ...
Why I switched from Postgres to MongoDB, then to Neo4j When you're about to start a project and are trying to make a decision on the what applications to use, one way to proceed is to find out what other p...
Cloud Computing: New Way to Patch Holes in the ‘Cloud’ Researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM have invented a way to update computer systems packaged in virtual machines in a computer "cl...

We Recommend These Vendors

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*