Category Archives: Robotics

TurtleBot 2

ROBOTIS and OSRF, recently announced a TurtleBot 3 (TB3), that will cost around $500. This got me thinking about the previous version, TurtleBot 2(TB2), which was really an evolutionary approach to a creation, driven by a desire for affordability.

The TB2 utilizes a Kobuki Base, for a standalone cost of approximately $350, plus $55 for a charging station(formerly an iCreate 2 base, with an associated cost of $200 inclusive of base).

There are two distributors in North America, Clearpath Robotics, and Dabit Industries, both offer an “essentials kit” as follows.

TurtleBot 2

Features ClearPath Robotics Dabbit Industries
Cost: $1,049 USD Cost: $1,050 USD
Base Kobuki Kobuki
Battery 2200 mAh Li-Po Battery 4400mAh Battery
Charger Fast Charger Docking Station
Mounting Hardware Yes Yes
Other USB TurtleBot Installer USB TurtleBot Installer

Savy Oak

What’s interesting about the concept behind Savioke is that it’s a signal of how the robotics world, and those developing for it, are trying for more targeted products as the space continues to mature. “There’s a unique entrepreneurial excitement surrounding Silicon Valley’s robotics industry today, and much of that is due to the efforts of the team at Savioke,” noted AME’s Jerry Yang in a statement. “As the market for service robots continues to grow, AME is pleased to offer our support to Savioke.”

And, in a world where robotics are equal parts exciting and challenging businesses (the demise of Willow Garage is direct enough evidence of that) Cousins’ track record feels like a good bet for investors.

TechCrunch

DRC Winner.

Not videos of the actual competition, but still impressive results from this Google-owned company.

Unbounded Robotics

clean_logo_final21Unbounded Robotics is a Willow Garage spin-off that organized in January of 2013.

The Company has developed a low-cost ($35,000) single arm robot platform centered around the open-source Robot Operating System. The standard platform they have created, which anyone can purchase add sensors too and write software modules for, seems to have great potential for furthering personal robotics. As the operating software is open source, people are free to write and share reusable code. They liken it to the iPhone or Android utilizing a third-party App store.

I am excited to continue following their progress.