The RK-1 – designed by Evangelos Georgiou – is a WiFi-enabled robot that can be easily controlled on iOS and Android mobile devices using swipe gestures.
“I love building and programming mobile robots. Because of my love of mobile robots, mobile phones/tablets and the Arduino, I combined them to make a prototype called the ‘RK-1.’ [So] thank you to Arduino for an amazing open source microcontroller platform!” Georgiou wrote in a recent Kickstarter post.
“[Basically], the idea is to give the [open source] community the ability to make Arduino projects mobile. There is no end to what you can do – [adding] sensors and actuators to this fun little device and [controlling] it remotely.”
A full hardware breakdown for the RK-1 is as follows:
- Programmable Arduino microcontroller
- Wireless control over wifi
- Dual H-bridge motor controller
- LIPO battery (chargeable via a mini USB cable)
- Acrylic base
- Tank tracks and DC motors
“The free software to control the robot is available via Apple’s iTunes app store or Google play,” Georgiou noted. “It is [also] possible to read analog signals from devices (sensors) connected to the Arduino micro controller. [Plus], you can change the state of digital ports from high to low.”
Additional information about the RK-1 can be found on the robot’s official Kickstarter page.