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    Cool BaseBot - Advanced Robotics Experimentation Platform

    Since a lot of new platform being introduced lately in India we thought I will also talk a little about what we are working on since we got fed up with the stupidity being pushed out.

    BaseBot is a low cost experimentation robotics platform targeted at Engineering and research community.

    It comes with basic USB charging and Differential drive with encoder interface and a 20 pin interface to control it.

    v1 will be a python programmable Wifi Controlled robot with 300 Mhz + processor running linux.

    Work is also on connecting allwinner a10 based connectivity and shields with 1.2 Ghz , 512 Mb ram etc

    So some main specs -

    USB charging
    1000 Mah LiPo with DC boost
    Optical Encoders with plastic DC motors
    Solder pads to interface and expand as you wish ( No sensors included )
    Python based online programming

    Base - Pic32 with ADK , Serial and SPI support ( INR 2.2k @ 10 pieces )
    v1 - OpenWRT Based , 300 Mhz + , Wifi ( INR 4.2 K @ 10 pieces )
    v2 - Ubuntu Based , 1 Ghz + , Wifi ( < INR 4.9K @ 10 pieces )

    Release dates are around End Jan .

    And yes open source

    If you have ideas / questions on how to improve etc please let us know .
    Vikas Patial

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    Why PIC32? Why not ARM?
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    Support

    ST/nxp/Freescale and TI do not bother with our queries . While Microchip though slow does reply with helpful answers. Also some really helpful members on forum.

    Recently did major project using STM32F4 , They simply never reply to anything. Also forums were also not much help. Their stack was full of issues . Though we have muliple arm vendors , getting support is not easy.

    Other than that pricing, ease of access and already available stacks . We did consider ATSam series also , but they are not available with OTG in low pin count. Microchip seems little guy friendly .
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    Nice !
    BTW online programming ? can you elaborate ?
    will it be something lie the electric imp? do users have to depend on your server to program the robot ?
    v2 - Ubuntu Based , 1 Ghz + , Wifi ( < INR 4.9K @ 10 pieces )
    waiting for that one

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    Naah , Think of it like a cloud 9 web based IDE running on the robot . You can program on python.

    Internet not required.
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    Hmm sounds good just hope it doesn't end up like the ARP

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    sounds awesome vikas .... easy startup guide and a few recommended sensors always help the usability of the product

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    Yes we are planning a sensor kit , which can be bought with a bread board separately for quick start. So users can do some basic stuff quickly. Main target is robots which can do visual processing using OpenCV , do SLAM run RoS etc all at affordable cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikas View Post
    Base - Pic32 with ADK , Serial and SPI support ( INR 2.2k @ 10 pieces )
    v1 - OpenWRT Based , 300 Mhz + , Wifi ( INR 4.2 K @ 10 pieces )
    v2 - Ubuntu Based , 1 Ghz + , Wifi ( < INR 4.9K @ 10 pieces )
    Are v1 & v2 new versions of Base board using PIC32 ?

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    Yes , basically with firmware update you get a Serial / ADK / BT robot ... linux platform on top is the actual interface though which we wish to offer extended functionality through.

    You can run it with Arduino also if you only want to work on arduino only.
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