Self-Balancing Robots: 7 Kits and Projects You Can Buy Or DIY

Once in a while, we take a look around to select revolutionary robots and present them to you in a concise overview. When it comes to DIY self-balancing robots, makers and hobbyists have an excellent opportunity to expose their projects and prove their experience. On the other hand, roboticists have at one click away amazing kits offering them a platform ready for work.

If you like to get skilled or just looking to pick up a few kits for your prototyping room, here are seven self-balancing robots you can buy or DIY.

  1. The Instabots is a $99.99 customizable self-balancing robot for beginners and experts as well. The kit is engineered to be fun and as a complete platform to start learning and building self-balancing robots.
    • 1x Arduino UNO R3
    • 1x Arduino MEGA2560 R3
    • 2x Sensor Shield
    • 2x 24L01
    • 2x Gear Motor
    • 2x Wheel
    • 1x MPU6050
    • 1x Wireless Remote Controller Platform
  2. Ralph is a telepresence kit compatible Android and Intel Edison. At the price of $340.00, you’ll get a platform ready to capture images and send to your mobile phone.
    • 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
    • 1x MPU-9250 sensor
  3. Piro is a DIY self-balancing robot with talking and face detecting capabilities.
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Raspberry Pi camera
    • Philips PC750K webcam
    • GY-521 MPU6050 3-Axis Acceleration Gyroscope 6DOF Module
    • L298N Stepper Motor Driver Controller Board
    • SVOX Pico for text-to-speech
    • OpenCV for face detection
    • Pocket Sphinx for speech recognition
  4. B-robot EVO is a 3D printed self-balancing robot controlled remotely via a smartphone, tablet or PC. Its body is made from plastic and can be printed at home using the STL models shared by the designer. The project includes the B-ROBOT electronic brain which is a custom-made shield able to control two stepper motors, two servo motors, sensors and integrate a WIFI module.
    • B-ROBOT electronic brain shield v2.0
    • B-Robot 3D printed plastic parts
    • Arduino LEONARDO
    • 2x Stepper motor DRIVER (A4988)
    • 2x NEMA 17 stepper motors
    • IMU MPU-6050 (gyro+accelerometer)
  5. The balancing bot with ultrasonic sensor – no gyros is a special self-balancing robot since it uses an ultrasonic sensor to maintain balance instead of a gyroscope sensor.
    • Arduino Uno
    • HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor
    • 2 x continuous rotation servos
  6. The Raspberry Pi 2 computer controls this LEGO balancing robot built with LEGO bricks, sensors and actuators.
    • LEGO bricks
    • LEGO actuators
    • LEGO sensors
    • Raspberry Pi 2
  7. You can have your custom segway robot with a Raspberry Pi computer as a controller. The user KevinK6 shows us how to build the robot and gives a hint of the total price of the project which is about $123.00.
    • Raspberry Pi 2 with Raspbian
    • Edimax Wifi adaptor
    • L293D IC
    • MPU6050 module

Even More Self-Balancing Robots!

Here are more articles with references to over 40 DIY robots we’ve managed to collect so far.

Last But Not Least

We are regularly looking for the most innovative kits or DIY self-balancing robots. If you build one of them, please contact us at — we would like to support you on Into Robotics.

(Image credits: Instructables, Letsmakerobots, Youtube, Sainsmart, Patrickaalto, Robotshop)

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