A Self-Balancing Robot Kit with Intel Edison and RoboCORE Controller

A Self-Balancing Robot Kit with Intel Edison and RoboCORE Controller

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A week ago, I bought a new robot toy. It was simple: I press the well-known “buy” button.

I think I did a good deal.

Today I saw the Ralph kit, a self-balancing robot designed for Intel Edison.

Self-Balancing Telepresence Robot Kit for Intel Edison

Self-Balancing Telepresence Robot Kit for Intel Edison

The kit costs $340. The list of components is quite long and include the 2WD platform, a RoboCORE controller, an Edison Intel board and a camera. The 2WD platform has attached on one side the camera while two bumpers attached to the upper part of the platform offer protection from falls.

The kit include:

  • 1x RoboCORE
  • 1x USB camera
  • 1x Edison Intel
  • 10x Full Ralph open-sourced PMMA set
  • 4x Full Ralph open-sourced 3D printed set
  • 2x Wheels
  • 2x Couplings for wheels
  • 2x Motors
  • 1x Servomotor MG90S
  • 4x Steel brackets
  • 1x MPU-9250 sensor
  • 2x Battery packs
  • 2x Bumpers
  • 2x Micro rubber phone bumpers
  • 114x Full Ralph bolts and nuts set
  • 1x RoboCORE cables
  • 1x Glue

Back View for the Self-Balancing Telepresence Robot Kit for Intel Edison

Back View for the Self-Balancing Telepresence Robot Kit for Intel Edison

I don’t know whether or not it is worth considering that I already have an Intel Edison board at home, and I can buy a self-balancing platform for $86.69. So, if I would like to build a telepresence robot like Ralph, I have to buy the RoboCORE controller ($114) plus a web camera ($25?) and the self-balancing platform ($86.69). In total, I have to spend around $226 without the Intel Edison board, which is around $42. Finally, the final cost is around $268.

The RoboCORE controller is the funny part of this kit. It’s a development platform compatible with prototyping platforms such as Intel Edison and Raspberry Pi. It’s also compatible with the LEGO Mindstorms kits.

As a conclusion, if you have at home an Intel Edison, think twice before pressing the “buy” button. If not, the platform may be a good solution to stop wasting your time to search parts in different stores.

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