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Qbo robot up for pre-order

Qbo robot up for pre-order

Open-source robot Qbo has gone up for pre-order, offering DIY robo hobbyists a straightforward way to experiment with artificial intelligence, telepresence and object/speech recognition. Initially billed as "the Model T of robotics" Qbo is the brainchild of European start-up TheCorpora. The basic Qbo kit starts at €499 ($652) - a promotional price for the first 1,000 units, after which it climbs to €623.75 - however it's also available in two full-assembled versions.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

We know that you’ve all be waiting for the adorable little Qbo robot, and you could have one in your hands very soon. The open source robot will be available for pre-order on April 18th on the TheCorpora website (the store will go live on the same day). The robot is designed to be tinkering and experimented with, being powered by Linux and some x86 internals.

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Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

The Qbo robot may be open-source, but open-casing is what creators TheCorpora have been showing recently, stripping the sensor-studded 'bot down and then reconstructing it in a new timelapse video. Intended to be straightforward for robotics tinkerers to put together themselves, the footage shows the 168 minute build from the basic Qbo frame up to the various ultrasonic sensors, PC mainboard, camera-toting head and more.

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Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Open-source robot project Qbo has gained a new set of sensors, in the shape of a custom ASUS Xtion tiara that allows the 'bot to 3D map his environment, autonomously navigate and - most importantly - avoid obstacles. While Qbo already has twin HD webcam eyes and four ultrasonic sensors (two up front and two on the back), adding in the Xtion Pro Live sensor bar augments the robot's awareness of its environment, layering 3D on top of the 2D mapping it was already capable of recording.

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Qbo open-source robot gets Android control app

Qbo open-source robot gets Android control app

What if you had a robot that could roll around the office, speak with your coworkers, and act as your eyes and ears when you're 10,000 miles away? How about if that robot's control system was simply an Android app you could download for free? We've been covering the open source Qbo robot project for quite some time now, and this is without a doubt probably the most awesome advancement the project has made in its relatively short history - if you ask your narrator, that is. You must simply download the app, identify yourself and connect, then control away!

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Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

Qbo robot tweaked to be a music robot with gesture recognition for control

We have talked about the cool little Qbo robot before. The little crowd sourced robot can be tweaked to do all sorts of cool stuff. Last time we mentioned the little bot it had been tweaked to recognize objects held in front of it. The bot has turned up in a new tweak that allows it to be used as a music player that will speak the name of your tracks and can be controlled with hand gestures.

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Qbo robot gets cloud-based crowdsourced object ID system [Video]

Qbo robot gets cloud-based crowdsourced object ID system [Video]

Open-source robot Qbo continues to make its way to autonomy, with a new video demo showing the Linux-based DIY 'bot capable of learning to recognize people and objects. Developers The Corpora have also previewed a cloud-based object learning system, which will allow Qbo units to crowdshare the data and thus recognize local objects initially identified by other Qbo 'bots elsewhere in the world.

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