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Monday, 02 September 2013 11:25

RAPIRO is a humanoid robot for your house

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The Rasberry Pi, a a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK, has now spawned a 'Raspberry Pi Robot', or RAPIRO for short.

The RAPIRO Kickstarter project finished up in August and collected £75,099 n pledges after £20,000 goal, but is now available for anyone to order at the robot's official website. 

For £199 (A$350), customers can purchase the complete RAPIRO kit, which includes all plastic parts, 12 servos, a servo control board, an RGB LED board, cables, and all of the screws you need to put it all together.

RAPIRO comes with a total of 12 servo motors, one for its neck, one in the waist, four for the two feet, and the final six for its two arms. Rapiro can walk with its feet, can grip a pen, and can turn its head and waist.

The package doesn't include a Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi camera, PSD distance sensor, or speakers, which you'll have to purchase separately.

RAPIRO can also be upgraded with WiFi or Bluetooth modules for smartphone control, and if you added a USB microphone the robot could be programmed to respond to voice commands.

The developer, Shota Ishiwatari (Kiluck corp.), who will be manufacturing the robot in collaboration with 3 small‐sized Japanese manufacturing enterprises describes it as a cute, affordable, an easy to assemble, humanoid robot kit.

"Looks small, acts large, its limitless possibilities all depends on how you program it," Ishiwatari said.

For more info check out the official RAPIRO website here. Kickstarter announced last week it would be launching in Australia and New Zealand in the near future, more info on that can be found here.

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