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T-BOTS are Arduino based self balancing robots you can control from your Android device or PC.
T-BOTS are Arduino based self balancing robots you can control from your Android device or PC.
129 backers pledged £11,231 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign!

The T-Bots have been completely re-engineered. The new design is eye-catching, innovative and because they are produced with laser cutting and finely formed injection moulds, they look stunning! The clear acrylic showcases their inner workings and control modules, igniting that spark of curiosity. The T-Bot is built around a specially designed motherboard making assembly of the electronic components elegantly simple and satisfying. 

We have completed the supply chain and already have 50 T-Bots waiting to find their new homes (all accounted for now)! Our suppliers are on standby; ready to ship when the new orders are placed. We will be shipping the main order in December for Christmas deliveries, but the first 50 Early Birds will have theirs sent in November!

Inspiration

Our T-Bots are designed to inspire and introduce the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists to the world of robotics. One of the most exciting advances in robotics is dynamic stabilisation. This is fancy terminology for actively stabilising things that want to fall over.

This is the principle which underpins reusable space rocket technology, as beautifully demonstrated by SpaceX's Falcon. It is also true of the latest line of advanced robots produced by Boston Dynamics.

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We want to show these ideas are not just for rocket scientists, but accessible to everyone who is willing to have a go. The key to understanding is starting at the right place. Explore our online tutorials covering dynamic stabilisation, the inverted pendulum, Kalman filtering, data extraction, proportional integral derivative control (PID) and more. Remember, this stuff isn't as complicated as it sounds. 

We have had great feedback from backers along with some great ideas! One idea that stood out in particular was to explore collective interactions such as flocking and formation control. T-Bots are well suited to these kinds of experiments. You can try programming some simple rules such as search, pursue, avoid, and see how this is expressed in a swarm! 

Build 

With easy to follow step-by-step, detailed instructions on the KLiK Robotics website, T-Bots are fun to build.

Program 

Learn to code in Python, the top programming languages of 2018 (IEEE SPECTRUM), and arguably, the most important programming language in science. You will learn to extract and analyse data from the T-Bot across serial and Bluetooth. Develop your own machine learning software using Genetic algorithms. Again, it sounds fancy but you can do it!

You will learn to program the T-Bot in C++, the second top programming language of 2018. You will learn to establish communication between the numerous hardware components, such as the motor driver board, ultrasound module, gyroscope, accelerometer and Bluetooth module.

T-Bots are an exciting way to enhance the practical component of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching programme and the National Curriculum.

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Upload the code to your T-Bot, install the Android controller or run the Python controller from your PC and you're ready to play!

Invent your own games like T-Bot maze runner, T-Bot football, or T-Bot wars. T-Bot wars is still our favourite, we even built an arena! 

 What's in the box?

  • T-Bot Motherboard
  • Laser cut Acrylic Chassis
  • T-Bot injection moulded wheels
  • Open Source Arduino based Microcontroller 
  • MPU 6050 MEMS Module Tri-Axis Gyroscope, Tri-Axis Accelerometer 
  • HC-SR04 Ultrasound Module 
  • TB6612FNG Motor Driver Board 
  • HC-05 Bluetooth Module
  • USB lead to upload code and transfer data

If we meet our £20,000 stretch goal we will also include 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm Allen keys and a 3 mm straight edge screwdriver for assembly!  

Customise the python controller. Change the colours or change the artwork completely! Just modify the images in the Python controller folder.

Shaggy carpet!

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This might look perfectly simple but something remarkable is happening. The signals used by the T-Bot to maintain its balance are coming from a gyroscope and accelerometer. These are getting bounced around as the T-Bot rolls over the carpet, yet the T-Bot is still able to cope! Learn more about with aid of our online tutorials and start experimenting with your very own T-Bot!

T-Bots in London

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Risks and challenges

We are aiming to deliver the T-Bots by Christmas. While our experience with our suppliers so far, has been excellent, there is always the possibility of delays when sourcing components from multiple overseas sources. We will endeavour to minimise this by continually liaising with our suppliers.

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