Magabot

Magabot is an open hardware and software robotics platform designed to stimulate creative minds.

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Any robot with a computer is a very powerfull robot, and because all laptops have a camera, a screen, speakers, microphone, batteries and usb interfaces, your robotics experience will be empowered with Magabot.

This project is being developed in a partnership with IDMind, Artica and with the participation of Francisco Dias.

The Software:

Many applications are being developed right now, follow colors, wall follower, face detection, among many others.

We will provide interfaces for VisualStudio, .NET, c#, c++, openFrameWorks, Processing, Arduino, Flash, Unity3D, MAXMSP, PD and if you feel like you want to develop your own interface you will be welcome too, we give full credits on everything.

You will be able to download apps for the Magabot, to develop your own apps, and if you feel they deserve money, you will be able to sell them too.

The hardware:

The hardware is made with rigid PVC and a differential drive chassis with highly precise encoders on both motors at the commands of an Arduino and a customized shield. You’re completely invited to change and adapt it to your needs.

The basic setup integrates:
– PVC chassis with DC motors with encoders;
– Three Infrared-sensors on the bottom to detect stairs or lines;
– Two bumpers on the front to detect collisions;
– Three RGB leds if you are in the mood for some tuning;
– A battery sensor to know how if it is in the need for some juice;
– I2C bus on top to connect any I2C devices;
– A 7.2v battery and a charger.

Add-ons built at the moment:
– Pack of 5 Maxbotix sonar sensors with PVC supports to connect to the upper I2C BUS;
– Other add-ons are beeing developet at the moment.

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We lauched the magabot.cc site today, this website will be a repository for informatiom, source code, apps, hacks, support forum, and a place to buy Magabots.

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Magabot is a protoproduct, we are commercializing our open source and open hardware best prototype at a low cost:

If you buy one you will automatically enter on our beta test program, we invite you to share your experiences and to post your results, we will also provide you with support for you to be able to use it, change it, and play with it.

The current price for the platform wthout the sonar kit is 250€ plus VAT.

The current price for the sonars kit is 100€ plus VAT.

If you need more information please contact us: info [at] magabot [dot] cc

This Week In Hobby Robotics 2

LetMakeRobots.com

Imagine what happen when hobbyists, engeneers, artists and all kinds of cool people from very different backgrounds, gather with a single purpose in common, to create robots, share knowledge and information, and mostly have a lot of fun!

It’s a joy to see my Talkie Walkie being featured in this nice video. Fritsl and Rik, you guys rule!!

guibot @codebits (update)

Codebits was an amazing event! I totally wish to be there next year!

This was me during the Creative Robotics talk, you can see the video below. I was a bit nervous for no apparent reason, just hope to be more relaxed next time.

Mitch Altman’s bench:

During three days people could learn how to solder and build cool stuff, TV-B-Gone’s, Brain Machine’s, Boarduino’s, POV’s and a lot more.

Mitch Altman’s Talk about HackerSpaces, a must see:

AltLab’s makerbot was there too, and there where lots of cool things being printed all the time


Christmas Tree by Paulo Ricca

(all photos were taken by Tiago Serra)

guibot @codebits

I was invited to assist Mitch Altman during codebits. I believe it is going to be an amazing experience.  :)
I will also talk about Creative Robotics on Friday at 2PM.

Filipe Valpereiro from InMotion.pt will talk about Arduino, and Rui Madeira will talk about OpenFrameworks.

Hope to see you there  ;)