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In today's world, robots are everywhere . They are used as educational tools, in smart factories and in complex medical surgeries.
For most of us, robots have always been associated our childhood memories of curiosity and awe. Most of us have thought about building one or at least owning one. Now PiMecha is here to offer a Launchpad towards that goal.
What is PiMecha ?
PiMecha is a miniature Humanoid robot.
Its core is a Raspberry Pi and it moves around with precise smartbus servo motors.
PiMecha is versatile, upgradable and customizable with various parts, sensors and cameras.
User can attach their own components, ranging from a simple ultrasonic sensor,camera, LCD screen to a frightening laser to scare off unwanted intruders.
It also comes in a variety of colors, you can pick whichever color you like
Our aim is to create a DIY robot right from scratch, all from assembling the pieces together and programming various movements and making the experience as fun and friendly as possible.
Why do you need PiMecha?
Similar robots are available and in use but:
None of them come as friendly to the pocket as PiMecha.
PiMecha can be easily used in STEM education, Robotic Studies, Programming, Research & Development and much more...
The outer metal shell is removable. You can design and attach your own shell or parts, to make it a special edition only you own.
Its suited for people of all ages and skillsets.
PiMecha solves all your problems by being easy to assemble and easy to control.
You can now participate in all the robotic events with a fully functioning robot but with a tenth of the cost.
You can have PiMecha do anything that your heart desires!
Compatible with all versions of Raspberry Pi, making it future proof
What you can do with PiMecha?
With its advanced smartbus servo motors, PiMecha can execute very precise and versatile movements. With it's 17 degrees of freedom and an efficient communication shield, PiMecha is able to execute any command almost instantly.
Pi Mecha can walk
It can dance
It can workout
and lots more.
As the software gives you full control over each motor of your Mecha, you can program over many distinctive motions and create thousand of combinations with multiple bots.
How to Program and Control?
We are releasing two different software with PiMecha.
With the settings software, you can program individual servomotors. You can assign and change baudrate, ID, maximum and minimum Torque or check the different functionality of the motor. This software comes with a detailed manual so you don't need to worry; we got you covered.
This software lets you control your Pi Mecha.
Start the communication by typing in the appropriate baudrate and port.
The figure in red gives an idea of each motor, with individual boxes showing the motor's ID(top), current position(left) and movement speed(right).
You can program and record different motions of your robot.
Export the movement data to share it with your friends or import a previously saved movement file.
Open Architecture and Design
We know how much a product can influence or be contributed upon if it's hardware and software are open sourced to the community. Pi Mecha was designed keeping this principle in mind, that's why it is made with a raspberry pi heart and coded with python. PiMecha will be open sourced after the Kickstarter campaign is successfully completed. We coded PiMecha keeping community standards that are easy to support and learn.
The PCB layout, design files, source code; everything will be given to the community. We believe that an idea can truly flourish if it is shared.
The PiMecha you saw is a working prototype and we are ready to move on towards a 'ready for manufacture' prototype and finally move to mass production. The components in PiMecha are require significant investment in terms of time and ordering large number of components helps bring the total cost down. Your support in this campaign will help us go through this final and crucial stage. With your help, we can make PiMecha into a reality!
Risks and challenges
Assuming enough backers are interested, the risk of not completing this project is very limited. All the software is functional, and potential bugs will be easy to deal with.
With enough support and feedback from Backers, we believe PiMecha will be a huge success.