Balanduino – Balancing Robot Kit (Kickstarter)
Hello all fellow blog readers.
Most of you might be aware of the Balancing robot project we have been working on for quite a while, if not please have a look here: The Balancing Robot.
We have now been working on this project in over a year, fine tuning the balance and stability of the robot and adding even other features and control options.
And NOW we are ready to announce this Balancing robot to be sold as a kit, named Balanduino.
The Balanduino kit consists of an Arduino compatible main board with the necessary sensors to keep the robot balanced automatically.
Furthermore the main board contains a USB Host controller, the MAX3421E, which library for the Arduino we have been expanding a lot recently, adding support for many of the most popular game controllers.
This USB Host controller together with a USB Bluetooth dongle enabled you to remotely control the Balanduino with your Android phone, PS3, Wii or Xbox controller and even your Windows, Linux or Mac PC.
We have decided to start a Kickstarter to help us fund the manufactury of the initial production run of the Balanduino kit, to get it to the market as quick as possible.
On the Kickstarter page you can read some much more detailed information about the Balanduino robot, the hardware and software parts.
We have decided to offer the Balanduino kit in some different variants to suit your taste and budget. So whether you would like to get a complete kit with everything you need to get started building your own copy of the Balanduino robot, or if you would like to build the mechanical structure yourself, you can get the exact version from the Kickstarter.
Our Kickstarter price for a complete kit with the controller board, Bluetooth dongle, two geared motors with encoders, wheels, hubs, a 4000mAh 3S LiPo battery and charger and the mechanical structure is only $299.
Below you will find a video demonstration of the Balanduino and all of it’s features, including a technical overview and a demonstration of the different controller options.
We hope you will fund our project to get it going and especially get yourself a small balancing robot to play with, expand and explore a completely new world of Hobby Robotics.
High resolution image can be found here: Balanduino.png