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Robot Rookie or Electronics Expert? This Walking Bot Is for You

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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The year is 2017. You’ve just been sacked and replaced by Asimo RC1, a humanoid robot superior to you in every way. Like millions of others made redundant by this metallic master race you have little time to find something new. Your choices of stable employment are – 1. robot building, 2. robot maintenance. Bummer, you only have a Media Studies degree. I bet you wish you funded that Kickstarter back in 2016, the one that would’ve taught you 3d printing, 3d design, coding, mathematics and electronics – everything needed to build a walking robot.

It’s ok, it’s 2016 and robots haven’t taken over (yet) and you can still have time! QuadBot has arrived and will take care of your vital robotics training, walking you through the construction of a totally awesome quadruped robot.

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QuadBot is the brainchild of Jack Scott-Reeve and Josh Elijah. Jack graduated from International Space University after completing his degree in Mechatronic Engineering in 2014. Josh founded the robotics company EngiMake after completing his Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and has been heavily involved in the Fab Lab community in London running workshops.

The kit contains a circuit board, servo motors, screws, a screwdriver, and optional body parts and Bluetooth module. An interactive learning resource is also provided to guide beginners through QuadBot’s construction and send them sailing into custom modifications. In it they will learn to program Arduino using ArduBlockly or the Arduino IDE, 3d design with Autodesk Fusion 360 and design electronic circuits with DesignSpark PCB.

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Not just for beginners though, QuadBot also aims to appeal to those who know what they’re doing and who are looking for a platform to build onto. The hardware and software is open source and widely used, meaning builders aren’t locked into any ecosystem and can extend the robot with their own components.

EngiMake plan to raise £12,500 on Kickstarter to fund the production of a small batch of 3D printed QuadBots. Backers can get a hold of one for as little as £135 for the do-it-yourself version and £199 for the Full Kit (+£6 for Bluetooth).

Head over to their Kickstarter page to back them!

Posted 22nd Nov 2016
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