Robot Lab

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The e-puck is a small (7 cm) differential wheeled mobile robot. It was originally designed for micro-engineering education by Michael Bonani and Francesco Mondada at the ASL laboratory of Prof. Roland Siegwart at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). The e-puck is open hardware and its onboard software is open source, and is built and sold by several companies. [Wikipedia][Homepage Project]

Thymio II is an educational robot in the 100 Euros price range. The robot was developed at the EPFL in collaboration with ECAL, both in Lausanne, Switzerland. A purely-visual programming language was developed at ETH Zurich. All components, both hardware and software, are open source. The main features of the robot are a large number of sensors and actuators, educational interactivity based on light and touch, and a programming environment featuring graphical and text programming. Thymio has over 20 sensors and 40 lights and integrates with third party languages such as MIT’s Scratch. [Wikipedia][Homepage Project]

The Kilobot is a 3.3 cm tall low-cost swarm robot developed by Radhika Nagpal and Michael Rubenstein at Harvard University. They can act in groups, up to a thousand, to execute commands programmed by users that could not be executed by individual robots. A large issue with research on robot collectives is that the cost of individual units is too high, but the Kilobot’s total cost of parts is under $15. In addition to the low cost, it still has applications such as collective transport, human-swarm interaction, and shape self-assembly.[Wikipedia][Homepage Project]

Thanks to the open source technology, the original Creator has been proven to be a precise and high quality 3D printer. With numerous upgrades based on this proven and highly popular original model, Creator Pro takes the precision and quality to a new level, and is featured with more possibilities. It is best-suited for enthusiasts and makers. And now the 2016 Creator Pro is more stylish and user-friendly in design. [Website]

Robobo combines a simple mobile base with your smartphone to create the next generation of educational robots. The Robobo base is the body while your smartphone is the brain. Current smartphones contain the latest technology in terms of sensors, processor and communication capabilities, and togetherhttp://www.flashforge.com/creator-pro-3d-printer/nsing, and gestural capabilities provided by the base, Robobo becomes the optimal tool to start learning autonomous robotics. [Website]

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