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The GoPiGo is a delightful and complete robot for
the Raspberry Pi that turns your Pi into a fully operating robot.
The GoPiGo is a delightful and complete robot for
the Raspberry Pi that turns your Pi into a fully operating robot.
The GoPiGo is a delightful and complete robot for the Raspberry Pi that turns your Pi into a fully operating robot.
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GoPiGo: The Delightful Raspberry Pi Robot

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We believe there’s a robot in every Raspberry Pi. At Dexter Industries, our mission is to get this little board moving and out into the world.  

We developed the GoPiGo: a complete robot kit for the Raspberry Pi. 
The GoPiGo
The GoPiGo

The GoPiGo is a complete robot package for the Raspberry Pi. It comes with everything you need to get your Raspberry Pi rolling, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a robust power supply. 

With so many programming languages and USB accesories available for the Pi, you can turn your GoPiGo into anything from a WiFi controlled robot for exploring the scary spaces behind the couch to an autonomous rocket launching office enforcer. With the Raspberry Pi acting as the brains of the robot, the possibilities are infinite.

At less than $100, we think it's a steal. Most comparable robot kits cost upwards of $150 and deliver a fraction of the capabilities and potential.  The GoPiGo packs a full Linux computer, USB and camera expansion, and of course, a robot, all for less than $100.

Announcing our Stretch Goals!  Thanks to our strong backer support, we are adding stretch goals to the GoPiGo project!
  • DONE!  $50,000 - Develop Scratch Libraries. We will develop Scratch libraries and examples so even the youngest aspring coder can write programs for the GoPiGo. All open-source and all up on GitHub. 
  • $65,000 - Develop C Libraries. We will develop libraries and examples for programming the GoPiGo in C.
  • $85,000 - Camera Vertical Control. We will develop additional hardware for the servo package that will let you move the camera up and down. You will be able to choose if you want your servo-mounted camera to sweep back and forth, or tilt up and down.
  • $95,000 - Mobile Control of Robot. We will develop software that allows you to control the GoPiGo with your phone or tablet over your local wifi network.  
  • $150,000 - Multicolor LED's. The GoPiGo LED's will no longer be limited to red.  We'll redesign the GoPiGo to have multicolored LED's on the board. You can give your robot a little more life!

The GoPiGo platform consists of:

  • An acrylic robot body.
  • Hardware for mounting a Raspberry Pi and Pi camera.
  • Motors.
  • Wheels.
  • Encoders.
  • A control board for motors, controls, and extra hardware.
The kit can be assembled with a screwdriver.  Each GoPiGo will ship with an 8XAA battery pack and connector as a power source.  The GoPiGo can be programmed directly from your desktop, over a wireless network, or through a USB stick.  

So much!  In our testing and development we used it for:

  • Exploring the house or office remotely via WiFi. 
  • Remotely delivering drinks.
  • Office sneak attacks.
  • Pet and baby herding.  
  • Remote control with the PS3 controller.
The Camera
One of the coolest things about the Raspberry Pi is the Pi camera.  This opens up the possibility of all sorts of awesome projects that follow hand motions, track objects, navigate and map rooms, follow faces, find lost stuff under the couch, check on pets remotely . . . the possibilities are endless. 

There are two ways to mount the camera.  We've designed the acrylic body of the GoPiGo to make it easy to add the camera, with no additional parts.  We also offer a servo camera mount that allows the camera to turn 180 degrees, for dynamic exploration. 

We've left a lot of room on the GoPiGo for hacking, tinkering, and customization.  

Assembly is quick and easy.  It takes about 10 minutes and a screw driver.  We will have step-by-step instructions to assemble the GoPiGo.  
No Soldering Required: Just add screwdriver.
No Soldering Required: Just add screwdriver.
Watch this real-time 10 minute assembly of our most recent prototype.
Operating System:  
To get started, you can use our fully-installed SD card, or quickly modify your own.  Our modified Raspbian image will be available for anyone to download from Sourceforge, and our examples and packages will be available for download from Github.  You can also use your own image, by running a simple install script we will have available on Github.  

Programming:  
You can program the GoPiGo easily in Python with our API for controlling the robot.  We will provide a variety of example programs for using your GoPiGo.

To program the GoPiGo, you can configure the Raspberry Pi as a standard desktop with an HDMI monitor and keyboard.  You can also program it remotely from a desktop or laptop over WiFi.  Finally, our image has custom software that allows you to run programs directly off a USB drive.  

The Rewards

Each reward tier is made of some combination of the following parts:
The GoPiGo Kit
The GoPiGo Kit:  Acrylic Chasis and Hardware, Motors, Wheels, Encoders, a control PCB, and an 8XAA Battery Pack.
The GoPiGo Kit: Acrylic Chasis and Hardware, Motors, Wheels, Encoders, a control PCB, and an 8XAA Battery Pack.

 Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi:  A Raspberry Pi Model B.
Raspberry Pi: A Raspberry Pi Model B.
 
SD Card
SD Card:  a 4GB SD card with Raspbian and GoPiGo software installed.  All software will be freely available for everyone and anyone, but this saves you the step of installing it yourself.
SD Card: a 4GB SD card with Raspbian and GoPiGo software installed. All software will be freely available for everyone and anyone, but this saves you the step of installing it yourself.
 
Wifi Dongle
WiFi Dongle:  A wifi dongle for the GoPiGo.  Gives the GoPiGo the freedom to move around.  Control it with your phone, laptop, tablet, or the internet.
WiFi Dongle: A wifi dongle for the GoPiGo. Gives the GoPiGo the freedom to move around. Control it with your phone, laptop, tablet, or the internet.
 
Raspberry Pi Camera
Raspberry Pi Camera:  Just the camera.  Mount it to the GoPiGo and give it eyes.
Raspberry Pi Camera: Just the camera. Mount it to the GoPiGo and give it eyes.
 
Ultrasonic Sensor
Ultrasonic Sensor:  An ultrasonic sensor for the GoPiGo with a connector cable.  Ultrasonic sensors allow the GoPiGo to detect distance from another object and are commonly used in robotics for navigation.
Ultrasonic Sensor: An ultrasonic sensor for the GoPiGo with a connector cable. Ultrasonic sensors allow the GoPiGo to detect distance from another object and are commonly used in robotics for navigation.
 
Servo Kit
Servo Kit:  Everything you need to make your RPi Camera or Ultrasonic Sensor move.  This allows you to move the camera around independent of the GoPiGo body.
Servo Kit: Everything you need to make your RPi Camera or Ultrasonic Sensor move. This allows you to move the camera around independent of the GoPiGo body.
Rocket Launcher
The Rocket Launcher:  Hunt the most dangerous game of all with this USB controlled rocket launcher.
The Rocket Launcher: Hunt the most dangerous game of all with this USB controlled rocket launcher.

Reward Tiers

GoPiGo Early Backer and GoPiGo Rewards.
GoPiGo Early Backer and GoPiGo Rewards.
GoPiGo Camera Reward.
GoPiGo Camera Reward.
GoPiGo Ultrasonic Reward
GoPiGo Ultrasonic Reward
GoPiGo Camera and Ultrasonic Reward
GoPiGo Camera and Ultrasonic Reward
"GoPiGo Ready to Go" Reward.
"GoPiGo Ready to Go" Reward.
"GoPiGo Ultrasonic Ready to Go" Reward.
"GoPiGo Ultrasonic Ready to Go" Reward.
GoPiGo Camera and Ultrasonic Sensor Ready to Go Reward.
GoPiGo Camera and Ultrasonic Sensor Ready to Go Reward.
GoPiGo Warrior Reward
GoPiGo Warrior Reward
"GoPiGo Camera Ready to Go" Reward.
"GoPiGo Camera Ready to Go" Reward.
Since getting our first Raspberry Pi, our dream was that it would be a tool to teach kids how to code on a robot, not just a computer. Since then, we've been introducing the Raspberry Pi to the physical world.

We started by first trying to adapt some of the systems already out there to the Raspberry Pi. We tried a few different platforms, but nothing seemed to work.  Each platform seemed designed for another system and required a lot of ugly and confusing wiring.
We needed a better power source. The Pi is designed to be plugged into the wall. None of the designs we tried could power both the Pi and the robot. Some require separate power sources for the Pi and the robot. We knew we could do better.
Power Source on our Second Prototype Provides Power to the Raspberry Pi and the Robot.
Power Source on our Second Prototype Provides Power to the Raspberry Pi and the Robot.
Finally, we thought the options out there were too expensive. You can get another robotics platform for about $150, but the platform is limited to microcontroller-level computing.

So we got to engineering.  We wanted to develop an inexpensive Raspberry Pi Robot for less than $100.  It had to be something that's easy to start up, and easy to use.
Another early prototype on CAD.
Another early prototype on CAD.
Some of our early designs had a lot of extra and unnecessary components. We wanted to reduce cost, and still make the GPG as robust as possible.

In our latest design, we combined clear, stylish acrylic that lets you see all of the components.  It is strong enough to handle the rough play a lot of robots get, while protecting the Raspberry Pi and other electronic components.
Third prototype: looking good!
Third prototype: looking good!
The GoPiGo combines power, motors, controls, and Raspberry Pi brains to form a mobile robot with a full linux computer on-board.


GoPiGo: View from Above
GoPiGo: View from Above

GoPiGo: View from below.
GoPiGo: View from below.

The GoPiGo is easy to assemble, with no soldering, and no crazy wiring. You simply screw together the acrylic case, mount your Pi, and go.

We've developed Python modules that make getting your Pi moving fast and easy.  Our examples programs will make it easy for even a beginner to hop in and start moving the Pi around.

GoPiGo is designed so you can easily add a camera to the front of the standard package robot.  
GoPiGo with Forward Facing Camera Mounted
GoPiGo with Forward Facing Camera Mounted
GoPiGo comes with LED's for debugging and adding visual communications to your robot.
GoPiGo LED's
GoPiGo LED's
Optical encoders are integrated to track the movement of the wheels.

We've included an efficient power source that draws power from an AA battery pack.  It can power the Pi, with a camera, and motors running at full blast, for almost an hour. We included a power switch so you can turn the power on and off.

Power testing on the last prototype on our ad-hoc proving grounds.
Power testing on the last prototype on our ad-hoc proving grounds.

Because the GoPiGo has USB ports, you can add just about everything to make it the sentient being you've always dreamed of making with a Pi.  

We've also included the following to help you hack your dream robot:

  • Chassis with two mounting positions for the Raspberry Pi Camera.
  • Holes in the chasis for mounting LEGO parts to the robot.
  • Full GPIO pin access to the Raspberry PI.
  • Partial pinout of the robot controller.
  • Customizable, open-source firmware robot controller.

The design is open because we genuinely want to contribute to learning, and the best way to do that is to show your work.  We hope the GoPiGo moves the open source  community forward, and helps folks make their robot hacking dreams come true.   

We believe strongly in open-source hardware and software, and all of our plans and software are open for you to hack, improve, and destroy. Rip it apart, put it back together, and don't look back (or over your shoulder)!

DONE: We have hand-made prototypes of the GoPiGo, and have extensively tested them.  We have a solid firmware library for the hardware.  We also have a solid version of firmware for controlling the robot.  

DONE:  We have pre-selected our manufacturers and received initial quotes to insure that timelines are met and costs are controlled.

TO DO:  We realize that for the GoPiGo to be succesful, we need to grow our library of examples.  One of the major goals of the next few months is to work to expand our example libraries, and create tutorials for them.

TO DO:  We also want to take time to optimize our design for manufacturing and testing, to ensure that we minimize manufacturing defects and ensure a high level of product quality.  

We anticipate our Kickstarter Project to end by the final week of May.  

  • From there, we're off to the races!  We leave ourselves 30 days to incorporate any design suggestions from the community and finalize our design.  
  • We estimate another 30 days of design sourcing and quality checks of our pre-vetted sources.
  • We estimate another 45 days for material procurement.
  • Finally we plan for 45 days to manufacture the prototype, complete a full production run, perform quality control checks, and receive the products from our manufacturers.  
We're coming to Kickstarter, looking for a forward thinking, adventurous, robot loving community.  We want to not only help with the costs of setup and tooling, but find like-minded hackers and robot lovers who will help us build an awesome Raspberry Pi powered robot.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks to developing hardware. We manage those risks through experience and relationships.

First, we've done something like this before. After running our hardware startup for the past four years, we have relationships and experience that give us a realistic view of the landscape between a successfully funded Kickstarter and happy, fulfilled backers. Furthermore having a long term relationship with our manufacturer, and having some experience in coordinating the manufacture of major projects, we think we're well prepared to deliver.

This project takes us to new places, in particular, mechanical design. We've worked to hedge all of our technological risks by getting quotes up front before finally pricing the GoPiGo.

There are risks to fulfillment: once we have the parts manufactured and tested, we have to ship them to our backers. Fortunately, we've been shipping products to people for a few years, and we've got loads of experience with that after having shipped thousands of products to happy backers, partners, and customers. We have priced all of our products for standard delivery via USPS.

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