September 25, 2011 AT 12:31 pm

Eddie Robot Platform – a hacked Kinect based robot from Parallax

28990-L

Eddie Robot Platform via DP

Meet Eddie (Expandable Development Discs for Innovation and Experimentation).

We offer the Eddie two ways; unassembled and assembled.
Eddie – Assembled (#28990; $1199)
Eddie – Unassembled (#28992; $999)

Eddie is a new type of robot from Parallax Inc. designed to foster creativity, innovation and experimentation. Compatible with Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio, Eddie can roam autonomously, see in 3D using the Microsoft Kinect™, and be driven remotely using a wireless controller.

The included control board uses the 8-core Propeller microcontroller to directly control two 12V motors and collect data from several sensors around the robot. The entire base is controlled over a simple USB connection and convenient open-source command interface. The Eddie Control Board provides access to additional I/O, making Eddie fully expandable with numerous sensors & accessories.

Available for pre-order now, Eddie will be ready to ship on October 7th.

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3 Comments

  1. So you supply the laptop, the Kinect and the wireless controller, and Parralax will sell you some pieces of plastic, a couple of motors and some sensors for $1K? That’s a terrible deal. Can’t wait for someone to build an affordable version.

  2. Have you, or will you receive an evaluation unit of Eddie?

    I’m looking for some independent reviews of the robot. That is from a source other than Microsoft and/or Parallax.

    Thanks.

  3. At that price, I expect the computer to be given with it.

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