There is a small robot that is sure to make you excited. Unveiled at CES 2014, RAPIRO is a self-assembled, self-programmed robot that you can configure for just about anything.
While it’s not at the point where self-assembled and self-programmed mean the robot somehow builds itself, though that would be exciting, RAPIRO brings the world of robotics down from the specialists to the generalists, the everyday people who want to learn about the technology.
Programmed via Arduino, the easy-to-use microcontroller, RAPIRO can learn to sweep your desk or retrieve your coffee. Just about whatever small tasks you want RAPIRO to do, it will do them for you.
Designed for the eager amateur hacker or the curious among us, RAPIRO can also be customized with a Rasberry Pi computer, the tiny, single-board open source system.
Here it is: the dawn of domestic robots that we can maintain like any other appliance in our house. RAPIRO’s accessibility will bring the world of robotics and computer science directly to consumers and give them the potential to configure their products even if it wasn’t the producer’s original idea. The hackable, open-source future is coming a little bit closer with RAPIRO.
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Photo Credit: Kiluck Corporation
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