Parallax is introducing a new robotics platform based on the Propeller microcontroller. Known as Eddie, which stands for Expandable Development Discs for Innovation and Experimentation, the platform consists of dual 18 inch round bases positioned one above the other. The upper is designed with mounts for a Kinect and a laptop (used for what Parallax terms “on the go programming.”) The lower level is outfitted with the Propeller board, three infrared and two ultrasonic sensors, a 12V 14.4Ah battery and two 12V motors powering 6 inch pneumatic tires. It will have an open source command interface.
Eddie is a new type of robot from Parallax Inc. designed to foster creativity, innovation and experimentation. Compatible with Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio, Eddie can roam autonomously, see in 3D using the Microsoft Kinect, and be driven remotely using a wireless controller.
Note: Laptop, Microsoft Kinect, and wireless remote not included.
This pricey platform sells for $1199 assembled and $999 in kit form. Projected availability is set for October 7, 2011.
Further information on this product can be found on the Parallax site. We’ll be interested to see the docs on the hardware and the open source command interface when they are released.