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Startup has a way to put brains in DIY robots

Posted on January 16, 2014
Startup has a way to put brains in DIY robots
Want to build a robot? Good. Want to add intelligence? Great. Two robotics innovators want to give makers an easy way to bestow brains on their robots. Meet Rex, a robot controller board, which is now in focus as a Kickstarter campaign. Rex is formally described as a palm sized, single-board computer for robots. It provides control over microcontrollers, sensors, and motor drivers, in a robot that the user has created, whether from a 3D printer or constructed out of metal, nuts and bolts. Rex, said its creators, streamlines the process of implementing intelligence into robotic projects.

John Biggs in TechCrunch called it a cross between a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. While more expensive than a Raspberry Pi, it carries numerous features for the robot-builder: The experience of building a robot is “less of a pain” said the team, without “hassles for wiring,” Also easing the way are the built-in battery inputs, and the ability to boot up directly into a robot programming environment.

The two creators behind Rex are former Carnegie Mellon Master’s students and software and mechanical engineers, Mike Lewis and Kartik Tiwarti, They met when studying robotics at Carnegie Mellon last year. They talked about an idea for a low-cost development package for robots. Lewis said, “As we continued to think about it, Rex seemed to make more and more sense for people who had already built Arduino-based robots but were having a difficult time stepping up to a more advanced platform.”

Read more at: Phys.org

   
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