Q.bo One is the Open Source Robot Kit Based on Raspberry Pi and Arduino

By on June 24, 2017
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A new type of consumer-tier robot has launched, and it is called Q.bo One. This model, unlike ones before it, is open source and designed for anyone to build. The robot utilizes a simple programming language called Scratch, while the hardware itself is based around Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Q.bo One is targeted at both consumers and developers, and as such promises a mixture of simplicity and usability thanks to its Raspberry Pi innards and Scratch language.

The Qboard (also referred to as the Q.board) runs Arduino code on an Atmel ATSAMD21 MCU, and houses the three microphones, speaker, touch sensors, Dynamixel controller, and the LED matrix for the mouth. Other features include GPIO, an I2C interface, and a micro-USB port that can connect to a desktop computer.

Scratch is a programming language suitable for kids, one that relies heavily on reasoning and creativity. Code is assembled using pieces that essentially build onto each other like puzzle pieces — if you’ve ever used Google’s coding lessons for kids, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.

Q.bo One itself is said to feature a pair of digital servos for moving around, as well as two cameras that function as eyes, a trio of microphones for listening, a speaker enabling it to respond, and a bunch of LEDs to form a mouth. A three-part capacitive sensor on the robot’s head enables it to feel and react to touch from its humans. An artificial intelligence system enables Q.bo to interact with humans, and to also maintain ‘ambient awareness’ for learning from its environment.

The model has launched on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where the team behind hopes to raise enough funds to bring the robot to life.

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