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About

Meet G Bot  

THE FIRST EVER OPEN-SOURCE GOLF BALL RETRIEVING ROBOT

Recently featured at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 Drone Racing League (DRL) race that took place on March 24th, 2018 to promote STEM learning.  

“It was a perfect complement to the Drone Racing League (DRL)” – Joaquin Ruiz – Director, Biosphere 2

  • Routine task programming and planning  
  • Bluetooth, WiFi and Hotspot control system  
  • Autonomous and Intuitive Machine Vision AI  
  • Built-in GPS with object tracking and collision avoidance  
  • Heavy-duty design built for outdoor applications  
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life & fast recharge capability   
  • Custom tow-behind golf ball picker - 500 ball capacity

 What is G Bot? 

G Bot was designed in an Open-Source environment to autonomously collect golf balls by leveraging GPS route planning and machine vision. By maximizing the power of machine learning automation to detect golf balls, conduct collision avoidance protocols, and operate in an open world environment, G Bot is the most versatile outdoor golf ball retrieving robot today.

  • Autonomously seek and pick up golf balls  
  • Routine task program and planning interface  
  • Custom golf ball picker trailer with a 500 ball capacity  
  • Industrially designed to handle multiple terrain settings and steep grades

Powered by the following Open-Source platforms:

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Product Synopsis 

We've developed a solution to handle the routine and monotonous golf ball maintenance needs a person or business would generally have to hire for or do themselves. By integrating the power of Open-Source technology and our software packaging experience, G Bot sets the industry standard for an affordable prepackaged golf ball retrieving solutions. Our mission is to address the needs of autonomous maintenance systems for golf enthusiasts and businesses.

Why We Need Your Help 

We have come a long way since conceptualizing G Bot since our first prototypes. After numerous years of R&D and perfecting our software API, Steele Robotics is nearly ready to set up manufacturing to get the G Bot deployed and in your hands.  

G Bot platform has been stressed tested and proven to meet it's software, hardware, and mechanical requirements and now we just need to finalize production designs and place a quantity order with our manufacturing partners for producing the chassis and electronics components to get the G Bot in production.  

When you invest into G Bot, you become a partner with with us. Early backers will always receive free software updates and ongoing support as a we continue to grow the platform.

Personal and Small Business Maintenance

Most individuals and small-business owners understand the importance of routine maintenance, but few can spare the time and energy required to focus on it. Effective planning ensures a person and company remain operational and protects against the loss of business because of property disrepair and inconvenient closures. G Bot was designed to help you with those task so you don't have to spend the time or money to see a task through, which in this day and age, a robot can save you both troubles.

Different Tows Different Purposes

For the everyday use with small businesses requiring a workhorse robot to pick up golf balls, G Bot has been tested in a variety of different weather conditions and terrain grades. The Golf Ball Tow is capable of holding up to 500 golf balls at a time and is perfect for driving ranges or personal use.

How Does it Work?

G Bot is designed to be controlled via GPS map coordinates or remote capability through your mobile device or laptop. Connect directly with G Bot's interface to manage its core functions. It's that easy!

G Bot User Friendly Setup

  • Choose your connection type to G Bot; WiFi, Hotspot or Bluetooth for remote function  
  • Create your own custom coordinates and object classifications  
  • Customize your own settings; set speed limits, route planning, home return site  
  • Push play; watch G Bot in action or set-and-forget

Pair Your G Bot With iOS & Android Mobile Devices

Software Platform

By connecting directly to G Bot, you'll have immediate access to pre-loaded software features that will enable you control and customize your G Bot. We utilize the ArduPilot interface which features:

  • Task and Path Planning
  • Mobile Control & Object Detection Setup

Designed for Everyday Use and Developers 

G Bot’s visual system consists of cutting edge machine vision learning and open source technology. Identifying and tracking objects and incorporating machine vision techniques has been paramount in the development of G Bot. By designing the foundation on predictive analysis of its surrounding, G Bot will reliability navigate its terrain effectively and efficiently.

G Bot leverages powerful Machine Vision algorithms, designed within Steele Robotics frameworks, with purpose built mechanics for the ultimate user-friendly robotics experience.

Open-Source API

  • Directly access G Bot’s core capabilities to build on top of its AI platform. 
  • Manage the software, algorithms and hardware that govern G Bot 
  • Build a range of your own intuitive features or personalize your solutions.

G Bot is equipped with its own open-source technology that allows it to be controlled via GPS Waypoint or remote controlled through your mobile device.

  • Control the G Bot via mobile device
  • Built in camera for depth sensing and motion tracking 
  • Collision avoidance and GPS tracking 
  • 1080p HD- Camera that processes 26 FPS 
  • Dual PWM motor driven   

Machine Vision Technology

We utilize OpenCV - Computer Vision and learning algorithms integrated with deep Learning algorithms such as:

  • Keras 
  • Theano 
  • Tensor flow 

 Object Detection & Collision Avoidance:

G Bot can accurately detect objects (in green) for collision avoidance while actively seeking a set or preset object(in red) that is either customized by the user or leveraging G Bot's built-in logic. These built in algorithms include:

  • Obstacle detection and avoidance 
  • Object tracking 

Learning & Predictive Analysis:

  • Neural NET / deep learning algorithms 
  • Object learning / classification tracking

Hardware Platform

The base platform is build off Open Source hardware and Nvidia image processing tools based off integrations with the Robot Operating System (ROS). This includes:

  • Ardupilot - an API allowing use of standard Ground station and Path planning. 
  • NAVIO2 - Ardupilot API compatible hardware interface with Raspberry PI

Base Mechanics

G Bot's base chassis is designed for multi-terrain uses. It's capable of right and left 360 degree turns to maximize your working space. It includes a 12V battery system (24V optional) and charger that is capable of running upwards of 6MPH (governed by parameters set in the API that you may change). Designed with a mixture of composites and stainless steel, the G Bot can handle the rugged outdoors with ease.

Charging

Simply recharge your G Bot by plugging into any single-phase, 120V (AC) household outlet. Full recharge time is less than 1.5 hours.

Perks Exclusive Deals for Early Backers

G Bot – Early Years of Development 

G Bot has been years in the making with our development team having a long history of passion in robotics. We started from the ground up, learning about the history and then creating a platform from there. Our software developers spent the time to understand the functionalities and requirements of what it would take to integrate modern machine vision technology into a consumer-friendly platform.

This is where leverage Open-Source APIs came into play. By managing the commercially available hardware resources out there, we were able to come up with a cost-effective business model working with already existing  products to package into a custom solution.

Early CAD designs and renderings of G Bot:

Prototypes:

Calibrating the navigation and GPS:

Task management:

About G Bot and Steele Robotics

Steele Robotics is a technology company that specializes in designing and manufacturing products that range from software control systems, quadruped robotics and autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles. Robert Wagoner, CTO of Steele Robotics, has championed G Bot project through his experience of robotics development and software programming. As a team, our mission is to provide you with the very best technology and customer service!

Project Timeline

Shipping

We plan to be able to ship G Bot to the United States, Canada, UK and select EU countries (Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, and Portugal).

Frequently Asked Questions 

When Does Shipping Start?

G Bot is expected to start shipping units by December, 2018.

Why Crowdfunding?

After years of research and development efforts in similar technologies developed, we chose to build our core interest through the community of early backers to help realize the vision and potential of G Bot. With your help, we will bring forth a new future for outdoor robotic systems.

What is the maximum tow payload of the G Bot?

G Bot is capable of pulling up to 250lbs of payload.

How do you charge the G Bot and how long does the battery last?

G bot is charged by simply plugging it into any household (120V AC) wall outlet. The battery will last up to 6 hours of continuous operation.

Why Open-Source technology?

We believe that Open-Source technology is the future in robotics development. For reference, here is a brief summary chart to show why:

How will the trailers be made?

The trailers are welded stainless steel parts that we custom build. Depending on the tow package, sizes will vary.

What is the maximum speed of the G Bot?

G Bot can go up to 6 MPH

How do I connect with G Bot and what is the range?

You can connect with G Bot through three different modes: Bluetooth mode, WiFi mode and Hotspot mode. For remote control capability, use Bluetooth which the operating range is 30ft. For WiFi, you can connect your mobile device to G Bot by joining the same WiFi network. For the Hotspot, it is the same. The range is limited by your devices network, typical larger scale ranges can accommodate upwards of 2 miles.

What if I have other questions?

Please send an e-mail to support@steele-robotics.com

Risks and challenges

Although we've taken all necessary steps to ensure a successful launch and deployment, production issues may arise. We've strategically mitigated the risks based on our experience of product development deployments and positive relationship with our manufacturing partners.

After being successful funded, there may be a risk of the following:

Mass production delays, including but not limited to; production to the base chassis, availability of Open-Source hardware electronics, and any design changes needed to optimize manufacturing.

Over the years, we've tested all the integration pieces of G Bot's hardware and software countless times and are confident of reaching the quality and deadlines set forth in this plan.

We plan to keep every one of our backers informed throughout the entire process. Your support means that we will be a step closer in providing you with technologies best Open-Source robotic solutions.

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    Golf ball tow attachment for the G Bot! This tow package is capable of holding up to 500 golf balls. You'll receive the tow trailer and golf ball tow attachment for the G Bot. Great for driving ranges and clubs.

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    Save with this Early Bird special on all the tools needed to make your very own G Bot! This kit comes with all Steele Robotics Software API Framework and all hardware components used to build your own custom G Bot. This is a must have for Developers!

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    Save BIG by pre-ordering G Bot with the Golf Tow Package. You'll receive G Bot, Developers Kit, tow trailer and golf tow attachment for G Bot.

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    Save BIG by pre-ordering two G Bots with the Golf Tow Package. You'll receive 2x, G Bot, Developers Kit, tow trailer and golf tow attachment for G Bot.

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