Malaysian company, Cytron Technologies have recently launched a campaign on Indiegogo for their new innovative robot kit Rero. Rero is a reconfigurable robot, designed to do away with the fiddly screw and nut method of construction most other robotics companies on the market are currently using. In order to make the robot building process quicker and easier for the masses, they have adopted a straightforward sliding method between the connectors and joints. This means there is absolutely no necessity for a single screw fastening throughout the entire process. The Rero kit can be dismantled and reassembled, so the user can create different robot characters by changing the combinations of the blocks they are joining together. The kit also comes with a 3.2″ colour touch screen that incorporates into your robot design, giving you easier access to your robots functions. Rero has a ‘Teach Mode’, that you can program using the touch screen. This enables your robot to perform simple movements, without the hassle of computer programming. If, however, programming is your thing, custom designed Rero animator is the perfect stepping stone for beginners, and API is provided for more experienced developers to hack and write their own code. Be aware, the Rero animator supports only windows currently, with MacOS and Linux planned for 2015. It is free to download though, and there is the added bonus of a remote app available for both iOS and android smart phones, so you can control your Rero anywhere via bluetooth. The robot is aware of its surroundings, as it comes with a 6 DOF IMU (Inertia Measurement Unit). You can use it for orientation, sensing vibration, fall detection, balancing and much more. IMU reading is not supported by the Rero Animator at the moment, but can be manipulated via the provided API. If you have a 3D printer, the 3D CAD drawing for all Rero parts are available too, so you can modify, or create new parts to customise your robot character. Visit Cytron’s site, and you can showcase your design. Tech specs (Rero controller) PIC32MX575F512L 32-Bit MCU Support up to 10 Cube Servos per port (6 ports) 3.2″ TFT colour LCD with touch screen Audio playback 4GB SD card Bluetooth 2.0 USB 2.0 interface 6 DOF IMU 11.1V Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery Cube Servo Voltage: 6.5 – 17.8VDC Rated Torque: 12kg.cm (at 12V) Speed: 63RPM (no load at 12V) Gear ratio: 194:1 Current: 1.5A (max. at 12V) Weight: 63g Degree of rotation: 360° continuous 360° endless electrical (1088 steps) Communication: Half Duplex Serial Daisy chain connection There are numerous ‘perks’ on offer for you to contribute toward, ranging from $10 – $4,999. There are even a couple of perks in there aimed at the Arduino community, which include a G15 shield for Arduino and parts to create a mobile robot, priced at $69. Plus a G15 shield and parts to create a 3 DOF arm robot, for $99. The production plan for Rero is seen below, with first batch shipping planned for early June. We have seen the likes of companies like Vex robotics, Bioloid and Robobuilder, transform the market in reconfigurable robotics, and without taking anything away from what these great companies have achieved, Cytron have taken the next step forward in this ever-expanding technology. They have made it even more simple and accessible for anyone, regardless of age or skill level, to get involved in robotics and the maker community. Possible combinations Sliding connector & joint Rero Minion Rero smart phone controller Provided API 3D printed parts 3D printing of parts in process Arduino perks Via: IndiegogoSource: Cytron Technologies n c While this looks like a cheaper/easier Bioloid kit, the 3-d printed no-fastener approach has already been done buy EZ-Robot, except they add WiFi and vision-based tracking. Check out http://www.ez-robot.com. Unfortunately they don’t let you hack the EZ-B itself (the microcontroller board that is onboard your robot) but they do provide a GUI-based EZ-Builder program that runs on major OSs and Android and iOS, as well as a .NET SDK. Note that if you use the SDK your software is running on the host PC, there is no way for you to run your own software on the EZ-B board itself (I asked the vendor). Raymond Blum n c – sorry but AFAIK the only OS that EZ Robot supports is Windows, not “Major OSs” and the Android or iOs support is to run scripts that were created under windows. Add to that the fact that ez robot took money a year ago for a product that was to be delivered in time for the holidays (last year) and still has not shipped and I don’t see how you can recommend them.