Featuring the ValentF(x) Mark 1 FPGA Board integrated with a BeagleBone Black embedded Linux minicomputer, this open source robot design is a great reference for advanced DIY robotics enthusiasts!
With the novel goal of serving beverages poolside, this hilarious remote controlled robot can interact with customers through wireless video and audio, display information about drink specials, crack jokes using the voice of Stephen Hawking, and drive the contents of its cooler around with a range of 1000 meters!
Coupling the power and flexibility of FPGAs with an embedded Linux software and hardware stack opens up some very interesting possibilities for DIY robotics. The fact that sophisticated electronics and software platforms are now readily available and extremely affordable for the average DIY’er makes this a unique time for hackers everywhere.
All that’s typically needed are some good examples of what’s possible! Here’s a list of some fun electronics / software features the BBot reference design includes:
The design’s material set will be available for download in mid-September 2013. The ValentF(x) wiki will also be a place for further documentation of the FPGA specific parts of the design.
Stay tuned for more info!