About Pi-Bot

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The Pi-Bot is a uniquely designed (and affordable!) complete robot kit for anyone interested in building and programming robots!

We have developed the perfect hands-on learning platform for both students and professional engineers to learn the hardware and software of robotics.

Pi-Bot is unique:

  • Modular platform for interchangeable sensors
  • Standardized Arduino C programming
  • Novel chassis design minimizes weight while maintaining strength
  • Fully accessible microprocessor for easy connections
  • Slide in battery pack
  • Additional microprocessors can be used simply replacing the support plate
  • Develops practical knowledge by using real electronic components
  • All for a low cost!

Our laser-cut chassis ensures high precision and durability. The unique "Pi" shape is optimized to minimize weight with high strength.

We give you the flexibility to design your own projects with included line following and ultrasonic distance sensors. The modular chassis allows sensors to be moved and positioned for your convenience. No soldering is needed to fully construct your Pi-Bot!

We are currently developing an assortment of new sensors and motors for even more capabilities in the future. The Pi-Bot kit is flexible and can be used for years.

Just as humans rely on skeletons, robots need a solid chassis to move around. Our Pi-Bot shape was not born overnight. In fact, we didn't even set out to design a “Pi” shaped robot! We explored various shapes and sizes, experimented with multiple CAD models and tried out numerous laser-cutting test cycles. We considered everything from a boring, but easy to make, rectangular chassis all the way to a circular “Pie" Bot (where sensors would be added on like toppings). Here’s a look at some of our original designs and prototypes!

After reviewing many, many options, we discovered the Pi shape was the most functional, practical and elegant. Who knew a “π” could be the most efficient robot chassis possible!?

Even within the Pi shape itself, we had numerous iterations. Our final design was subjected to finite element analysis and optimization. Our original Pi-Bot was about 2 times the height and had 4 DC motors with wheels. Our Pi-Bot today has evolved into a much more aerodynamic and speedier version with a gearbox.

 

Our project has been featured on the following shows, sites, and tech blogs so far! We've had some great media so far - thank you for all the support!

Did you miss us Live on Participant Media's "TakePart Live" show? Check out Melissa and the Pi-Bot here!

New Press:

Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/pi-bot-kickstarter-2014-4

USC's Daily Trojan: http://dailytrojan.com/2014/03/26/alumna-strives-to-bring-students-tech-materials/

The Mac Observer: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/cool_stuff_found/post/get-your-robot-nerd-on-with-pi-bot-on-kickstarter

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