INTRO: With more and more development in robotics, we’ve seen developers build some really advanced robots to assist humans in various tasks. We have all seen the terrifying yet cute robot-dog, Spot, from Boston Dynamics ta out in the real world. Now, there is a palm-sized Spot-like robot dog called Bittle that’s made for STEM learning.
STEM learning, if you are unfamiliar, is essentially a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is wont to educate students within the above four disciplines and improve their knowledge about the ever-changing world of tech.
So, to teach children within the field of robotics, the Pittsburg-based robotics company, Petoi, made the Petoi Bittle. It is essentially a small robot-dog which may slot in the palm of your hands. The developers say that it’s not a toy for little kids, but an ideal tool for teaching and learning the fundamentals of robotics and electrical assemblies.
To start off with Bittle, users need to assemble its puzzle-like frame and then download the necessary demo codes from Petoi’s GitHub repository.
Following the initial setup process, users can then program the robot to perform various tricks. They can even win some exciting prizes for his or her customized Bittle in various community challenges.
Now, as the tiny robot-dog is built upon an open platform, users can combine multiple gadgets and components into one ecosystem. The company also developed a custom Arduino circuit card for Bittle, which enables users to feature various other sensors to the robot, to enhance its capabilities.
Moreover, users also can add AI (AI)-based skills by adding a Raspberry Pi or the other AI chipsets.
Petoi is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for collecting funds for their project. So, you can pre-order your “Bittle” for a discounted price of $250 (~Rs. 18,367) from their campaign page. The company will start shipping the robots from January 2021.