The Japanese robot kit comes complete with an Arduino-compatible servo controller (it has a total of 12 servo motors: one for its neck, one for its waist, four for the two feet, and six for its two arms).
On the KickStarter crowdfunding website, the company writes:
RAPIRO: Looks small, acts large, its limitless possibilities all depend on how you program it.
- Low cost, 1/4th the price of current aesthetic robot kits.
- Low cost, 1/10th the price of current linux-powered humanoid robot kits.
- Comes with 12 servo motors and full-color LED of eyes.
- Easy assembly. Anyone can assemble a RAPIRO with only a screwdriver, without the need for any soldering.
- The servo control board is programmable and is completely compatible with the Arduino.
- Designed to mount the Raspberry Pi and Camera module in the head.
- Designed to mount a PSD distance sensor and speakers
- We plan to publish our sample code and 3D data openly for community customisation.
It has currently raised £52,273, from 284 backers, exceeding its £20,000 goal.
Check out the video below showing the mounting of a Raspberry Pi camera module onto Rapiro:
More information can be found on the Rapiro website »