The Pi-Bot is a uniquely designed (and affordable!) complete robot kit for anyone interested in building and programming robots!
have developed the perfect hands-on learning platform for both students and
professional engineers to learn the hardware and software of robotics.
Our team has spent years testing all of the leading robotics kits on the market today. Although many have impressive features, they are either too complicated or overly simplistic... and always much too expensive. Today, a typical Arduino based robot usually costs over $150. Too often we spent money on kits that could not do much or were too costly to be practical. Not to mention, many of these kits used proprietary components that limited the scope of real-world usage.
We wanted to change this.
We are a team of engineers who are passionate about teaching robotics. We run hands-on robotics programs to excite students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. We founded "STEM Center USA" which offers engaging programs at our "Robotics Creativity Center", in- and after-school classes at local schools, and seasonal camps. Our program is for K-16 students who work on cross-platform robotics integrating all the STEM fields. We started with just a few students and in the last year alone have been able to reach thousands - and we hope this is just the beginning!
We are so excited to present our Pi-Bot!
We engineered the Pi-Bot from the ground up through several design cycles to optimize function while staying affordable. We continue to work with students to make our designs appealing, and work with experts in the area of robotics to improve our designs.
We field tested our Pi-Bots with a small group of high school and college students. The response has been remarkable. This is the kit we wish we had growing up!
Pi-Bot is unique:
- Modular platform for interchangeable sensors
- Standardized Arduino C programming
- Novel chassis design minimizes weight while maintaining strength
- Fully accessible microprocessor for easy connections
- Slide in battery pack
- Additional microprocessors can be used simply replacing the support plate
- Develops practical knowledge by using real electronic components
- All for a low cost!
Our laser-cut chassis ensures high precision and durability. The unique "Pi" shape is optimized to minimize weight with high strength.
We give you the flexibility to design your own projects with included line following and ultrasonic distance sensors. The modular chassis allows sensors to be moved and positioned for your convenience. No soldering is needed to fully construct your Pi-Bot!
We are currently developing an assortment of new sensors and motors for even more capabilities in the future. The Pi-Bot kit is flexible and can be used for years.
Just as humans rely on skeletons, robots need a solid chassis to move around. Our Pi-Bot shape was not born overnight. In fact, we didn't even set out to design a “Pi” shaped robot! We explored various shapes and sizes, experimented with multiple CAD models and tried out numerous laser-cutting test cycles. We considered everything from a boring, but easy to make, rectangular chassis all the way to a circular “Pie" Bot (where sensors would be added on like toppings). Here’s a look at some of our original designs and prototypes!
After reviewing many, many options, we discovered the Pi shape was the most functional, practical and elegant. Who knew a “π” could be the most efficient robot chassis possible!?
Even within the Pi shape itself, we had numerous iterations. Our final design was subjected to finite element analysis and optimization. Our original Pi-Bot was about 2 times the height and had 4 DC motors with wheels. Our Pi-Bot today has evolved into a much more aerodynamic and speedier version with a gearbox.
To thank contributors of $75 or more, we will send you the latest design of our Pi-Bot. You will be given detailed step-by-step instructions for easy robot assembly, wiring, and programming. The latest library of sample codes will be accessible to all contributors, which you can build upon for your personalized robot.
Please note that our Pi-Bot uses Arduino technology and does not involve Raspberry Pi.
Our kit includes:
- Pi-shaped acrylic chassis (made locally in the US)
- STEM board - Arduino compatible microcontroller
- USB cable
- Motor controller
- Ball-bearing castor
- Ultrasonic distance sensor
- Line tracking sensor
- LEDs and resistors
- Wireset and jumpers
- Power switch
- Mounting brackets
- 4-AA battery holder
- Spacers and fasteners
- Easy to follow instructions
- No soldering required
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Parts shown in the pictures depict a variety of Pi-Bot prototypes. Since we are continually improving our parts, your kit may contain components that are different from what is shown in the photos.
Pi existed long before all of us. Pi is an irrational number that fascinates all scientists and engineers. We use the name Pi-Bot because our robot uses the shape of Pi (the Greek letter). There is no better name for our robot than Pi-Bot.
We are a big fan of Raspberry Pi. However, our Pi-Bit does not use Raspberry Pi. It uses Arduino compatible microcontroller. We realize that there may be some confusion with Raspberry Pi and hence we clearly indicated in our story that Pi-Bot does not use Raspberry Pi.
In our story we show how we arrived at the shape of Pi as the chassis for the robot after optimization analysis. In that sense we have more do with actual Pi than Raspberry Pi. In this context it is also important to remember that Raspberry wanted to use Python (not Pi) originally which later became Pi (instead of Py).
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***STEM Education Hall of Fame*** Thank you for your STEM Education support! Find your name on our STEM Education Hall of Fame on our website!Estimated delivery:
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***Pi-Bot Drawstring Sports Pack*** Your support needs to be carried with pride! We'll show you our thanks with a "Pi-Bot Drawstring Sports Pack".Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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***STEM Board*** Thank you for being an early-bird supporter! Our STEM (Arduino UNO R3 Compatible!) Board is yours. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this board offers you unlimited opportunities to explore robotics, electronics, and programming! PLUS we'll make sure you receive your board before our Pi-Bots even go out!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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***Pi-Bot Screwdriver & Drawstring Sports Pack*** Technologists can always use a screwdriver and a bag to carry their tools in - to thank you for your support you'll receive your own Pi-Bot Screwdriver in addition to one of our Pi-Bot Drawstring Sports Packs.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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***Personalized Mini Pi-Bot Chassis*** You will receive a laser-cut chassis (the "robot body") with your name engraved on it! A special thank you from our Pi-Bot team for you to display.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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***Our Pi-Bot!*** This is our Kickstarter complete Pi-Bot Kit! Start off your robotics journey here or further your experience with our Pi-Bot. Download our color manual to guide you throughout the process. We are grateful for your help in making this product become a reality!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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***Early Bird Team Duo Pi-Bots*** You will receive two Pi-Bots for you to work with a friend as you explore robotics together! Education is best done in teams - thank you for your support!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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***Pi-Bot Classroom Educational Package*** Want to kickstart our Pi-Bot into your classroom? This is a fantastic way to implement robotics education at your high school/college! This special educational package will consist of 10 kits, tools, spare parts, and an instructor's guide for the teacher. Your school will receive a place on our "STEM Center Hall of Fame" on our website. Each Pi-Bot chassis will be personalized with your school name.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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*****Ultimate Supporter***** Thank you for your generous contribution on our Pi-Bot journey! To show our thanks, Lavanya or Melissa will personally visit your school/college to kickstart your robotics program. We'll conduct an all-day, high-energy (~6 hour) Pi-Bot workshop! We will bring 10 Pi-Bot packs personalized with your school name on every chassis. We'll help your teachers get started and provide an instructor's guide to maintain the program.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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