14 DIY robot projects that reveal the power of Intel Galileo

The best way to celebrate the Intel Galileo board is to learn about its applications and see it in action in a variety of projects. From an insect robot controllable wirelessly to a humanoid robot, Galileo can do it all.

The Galileo board inspires hackers, hobbyists, artists, designers and anyone interested in a Linux prototyping board able to interact with objects or environments. For this reason, if you are looking to try the power of Intel Galileo with your hands but you don’t know from where to start, here are fourteen awesome DIY robots based on the development board.

Galileo Carduino

A wheeled robot able to scan the room with an ultrasonic sensor. The robot is built from a simple acrylic sheet that hosts the battery, motors, Arduino shield, and the Intel Galileo board.


This open-source remote control robot uses the Galileo board as a server to run Linux and to communicate with an Arduino board. The user can control the robot with a smartphone connected to the server. The Arduino UNO controls the sensors and motors while the main job of the Galileo is to interface the communication between the user and the Arduino UNO board.

Autonomous Navigation Rover

This robot can navigate autonomously using a GPS navigation system and is controlled by a JavaScript program. The program is running in a Node.js environment on the Galileo Gen 2 and communicates with the hardware components via a framework.

Battle Bots

This is a remote controlled robot where the Galileo development board is used to communicate wirelessly with the user. The Arduino is the microcontroller used to control components such as motors and sensors.

Bluetooth Robot with Intel Galileo and Android

This time the Galileo control a tracked mobile robot with an Android smartphone via Bluetooth connection. More than that, the development board has attached a light sensor and a temperature sensor to measure the light intensity and temperature from an environment. These values are displayed on the smartphone display.

Vocal control LEGO robot

In this project the prototyping board is used to remote control the LEGO robot. The Intel Galileo is connected to an Xbee shield and a speech recognition module. The LEGO robot receives commands wirelessly from the Galileo board via an Xbee module.

RC Car

With a Yocto Linux image running on it, the Galileo Gen 2 receive commands wirelessly from an Android tablet. This time the Gen 2 control an LD298 motor driver circuit and communicate wireless via an Intel Centrino N135 Wi-Fi card.

Self-balancing robot

In this project the prototyping board was programmed with Arduino IDE and uses a PID controller to keep the robot in balance. An accelerometer module communicates data to the Gen 2 while an Arduino motor shield R3 controls the motors.

Balancing robot

Another balancing robot, but this time a bot built from LEGO components and controlled with a Galileo board running the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system.

DIY Lasercut Datamonster

No, this robot is not a monster; it is just a relatively cheap robot arm build from a wooden kit. The robot arm has five joints and a variety of sensors attached. The project was designed to support machine vision equipment while Galileo board run software like OpenCV for face recognition and motion. The robot communicates wirelessly and stays connected to the internet.

Painting Robot Arm

With a camera, a handful of electronics parts, and the power of Intel Galileo, this robot is a Da Vinci in a robotic world. The robot arm has four degrees of freedom and is equipped with a smattering of art knowledge.

3D Printed Darwin Walking
The prototyping board is engineered to work for almost any application and project, even for a humanoid robot built with a 3D printer such as Darwin.

Hack E Bot
This robot kit has an adaptable body, and this time it hosts the Intel Galileo board.

My Little Robot Walking Better

This insect is controlled via WiFi connection and has attached a Ping sensor to sustain its movement.

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