Why did we make this?
We created Bobble-Bot to empower aspiring makers, tinkerers, and creatives. The robot provides a fun and affordable way to acquire and demonstrate valuable skills in computer science and engineering.
What Problem Does it Solve?
Every day businesses around the world struggle to cope with a global shortage in technology related skills and talent. This costs the world economy hundreds of billions of dollars in unrealized revenues.
We believe that one contributor to this problem stems from a lack of accessible, high-quality, and open-source educational material. The Bobble-Bot project helps motivated individuals develop valuable cross-disciplinary technology related skills.
In particular, Bobble-Bot fills a shortage within the educational robotics space. Until now, there has not been an easily accessible open-source example of real-time control for the DIY crowd.
What Are Our Goals?
We want educators, students, and hobbyists to get up and running with this open-source robot as quickly as possible. Our hope is that this project functions as a guide for how to develop and test robust control systems for robot prototypes. We envision this robot will be useful to professionals looking to sharpen their skills while having fun, and also to students looking for a hands-on application to the often dry engineering theory covered in courses around the world. The combination of simulation and hardware opens up many possibilities for exploration and development.
Where to Start
We recommend you start with the Bobble-Sim. That's a free way to gain some quick insight into the project.
How to Contribute
For software contributions, please read our contributing guide. We welcome support in all areas, though. If you have any ideas, leave a comment. Thanks!
Bobble-Bot's simulation software licensing agreement can be found here.