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Mini Pupper: Open-Source,ROS Robot Dog Kit

Make robotics easier for schools, homeschool families, enthusiasts, and beyond.

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Challenge
Boston Dynamics Spot is an amazing robot dog, many people want to own it, but it's too expensive.
TurtleBot is very convenient for study robots, but it is a wheeled robot but not legged. There is no ROS, open-source robot dog platform to study at less than $1,000USD.

Solution and Product
Mini Pupper is the first ROS, open-source robot dog platform that supports ROS SLAM, Navigation, and other AI features, it is a really legged "TurtleBot" at less than $500USD.
It's a Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog in the Palm, will make robotics easier for schools, homeschool families, enthusiasts, and beyond.

Not just hop, trot, and run around, but go do something different. It has everything you need to actually accomplish your mission.
Please share your Mini Pupper with your friends who may have an interest, and lay the foundation for your robot dog platform right now.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/336477435/mini-pupper-open-sourceros-robot-dog-kit?re

Outline:

  • Problem
  • Solution and Product
  • What's Mini Pupper's value?
    • Open source: DIY what your custom robot dog
      • Software custom 
      • Hardware custom 
      • What’s More
    • ROS: A Dynamic System that You Can Keep Developing
      • SLAM
      • Navigation
    • AI: OpenCV
  • Why Mini Pupper Stands Out?
  • How to use it?
  • How to Build?
  • What they are saying?
  • About us

Mini Pupper already won the honor of "Project We Love" from Kickstarter before the campaign goes live, and was also endorsed by many media.

Mini Pupper is on the first page of Kickstarter, the best position, for your Mini Pupper!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/336477435/mini-pupper-open-sourceros-robot-dog-kit?ref=9pit8q

It is the open-source, ROS, OpenCV, Pi robot dog platform you’ve been waiting for.

so please back our project, order Mini Pupper, and lay the foundation for your robot dog platform right now.



Problem

There is no ROS, open-source robot dog platform to study at less than $1,000USD.

During the dog days of summer, you maybe see many demos from Boston Dynamics Spot Mini, many guys want to own their own robot dog to explore the functions, but the price is too high to accept, and it is not easy to explore the robot dog features.TurtleBot is very convenient for wheeled robot study, but not legged robots. 

Solution and Product

Beginning last year, we shipped many Stanford Pupper units worldwide. After such global success with Pupper, we took to heart all the feedback from this endeavor. What do our customers want in our products? What kind of products do they like? After more than 11 months pursuing these requests, we would like to show you what we came up with. Mini Pupper!

Mini Pupper is the first ROS, open-source robot dog platform that supports ROS SLAM, Navigation, and AI features with Lidar, camera, and other sensors. It's really a Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog in the Palm and legged "TurtleBot"  for study at less than $500USD. 

Mini Pupper will make robotics easier for schools, homeschool families, enthusiasts, and beyond.

What's Mini Pupper's value?

Open source: DIY what your custom robot dog

In June 2021, MangDang released Mini Pupper on the Stanford Pupper website in collaboration with Nathan Kau, the original creator of Stanford Pupper, to bring to market a commercial and reasonably priced educational quadruped robot that anyone could engagingly use for fun robotics research and experiments.

  • Software custom 

Gait Performance

You can use Mini Pupper to explore many gait performances, such as Trot (diagonal pairs), Pace (lateral pairs), and the Bound (front and rear pairs).

Facial Animation

You can easily custom your own facial animation, mechanical shell, and your own algorithms, we will supply enough guide documents and videos to make it easy. Here are three preset animations, you can change and make your own set with just one click!

  • Hardware custom 

You can DIY and customize a UNIQUE MiniPupper in the world.  Check out those MiniPuppers created by our fans!

  • What’s More

Raspberry Pi
Based on Raspberry Pi, MiniPupper is super expandable. You can explore more with MiniPupper!

ROS: A Dynamic System that You Can Keep Developing

Mini Pupper is a dog-shaped robot that is aimed at stimulating and empowering your creativity. That’s why we are not presenting it as a closed project that can’t evolve from here. On the contrary, Mini Pupper leverages Ubuntu and ROS to operate its FSN (Full Self-Navigation) System.

Mini Pupper supports not only Melodic but also Noetic. ROS2 is also in our pipeline.

  • SLAM

MiniPupper supports SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), it can map its environment and learn in real-time from things around using Lidar or a camera sensor.

  • Navigation

With the map, MiniPupper can answer "where am I? Where am I going?" you can call it self-driving technology.

AI: OpenCV

Mini Pupper supports OpenCV's...

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mailonghua wrote a day ago point

Very good design, I would like to ask if the original title map of the motor drive hardware is open source, where can I download it? thank you

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Dusan Petrovic wrote 09/30/2021 at 14:56 point

Nicely done. Keep up the amazing creations!

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Afreez Gan wrote 09/30/2021 at 23:21 point

Hey Dusan, many thanks for your help! Will try our best!

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Joshua Mouch wrote 09/29/2021 at 17:41 point

Are the 3d printable part files available anywhere?  I don't see them available on the github page.

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Afreez Gan wrote 09/29/2021 at 17:44 point

I upload our latest printed files as a Hack Chat gift to google drive, please confirm it if you need it:)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T_J6pcALxuLAoklKPrTxZPnOd6V5lY8z/view?usp=sharing
Welcome to the Hack Chat room.
https://hackaday.io/messages/room/2369

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rraetz wrote 09/21/2021 at 19:42 point

Amazing project! I jave a technial question though: You say you are using ROS, but when I check the code on Github, I don't see anything ROS-related. On which level are you using ROS? Or is it not implemented yet? Thanks a lot for your reply

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Afreez Gan wrote 09/22/2021 at 06:42 point

Thanks for your question. Yup, you can play the basic functions based on now Github code, but not include ROS. We will release the ROS version after our Kickstarter campaign.

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rraetz wrote 09/22/2021 at 07:50 point

Cool, thanks for the quick answer!

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David Greenberg wrote 09/02/2021 at 21:08 point

This is very cool! I can't find links to the autonomous navigation code--could you post a link to that?

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Afreez Gan wrote 09/03/2021 at 00:57 point

We are still updating the source code, including the new Lidar(smaller and more beautiful ) module and 3D camera module, will update the pictures and videos before next weekend, plan to release all the source code after our Kickstarter campaign. We are trying to make the campaign live before the end of this month.

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Afreez Gan wrote 06/10/2021 at 08:20 point

Thank you very much!

We spent much time optimizing the performance and quality, you know, there is still no off-the-shelf hobbyist servo for the quadruped product. The custom servo can ensure Mini Pupper runs stable much longer without breaking.

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Jarrett wrote 06/10/2021 at 06:28 point

Could you go more into what you did for your custom servo?

Project looks intriguing, good work!

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Afreez Gan wrote 10/18/2021 at 05:13 point

Will release the servo spec after the campaign, please wait, thanks!

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