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Jun
21

Rapiro – The Raspberry Pi Robot Kickstarter

by Rob Zwetsloot

A Raspberry Pi-powered robot from the Tokyo Raspberry Jam is now seeking funding on Kickstarter, from the maker of the mechanical Necomimi cat ears

The Raspberry Pi’s size makes it very useful for a number of tasks, and one of these includes robotics. While there have been a few attempts to create a robot powered by the Pi, one of the best projects yet has just hit Kickstarter – the Rapiro from Japan.

Raspberry Pi Robotics Kickstarter
The cute, mini robot powered by Pi

Originally shown off at the Tokyo Raspberry Jam, the Rapiro is a 3D printed robot, about 300 mm tall, that can walk, grip pens, and turn its head. It also has a way to respond to voice commands, and can be controlled via a phone or games controller using a bluetooth dongle. There’s direct access to the Ethernet and USB ports in the back of the head as well.

If you donate enough you’ll guarantee yourself a pre-order for the Rapiro, and there’s even a special tier to get yourself a custom built robot for yourself. Check out the Rapiro Kickstarter now and help back the future of robotics.

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