BABOT the self-balancing robot

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BABOT the self-balancing robot will keep your items off the ground no matter what

Posted by Pierre, 27th November 2020

Shaky legs, beautiful design

BABOT is a beautiful DIY balancing robot that uses computer vision and a Raspberry Pi to balance objects on its surface. It comes as a kit to assemble yourself and with open-source software to customize it and make it do all sorts of wonderful things.

Babot stands for Balancing Robot, which is exactly what it does. A small camera in the top of the structure analyzes the trajectory of a ball placed on the surface and moves high-precision servos to stabilize it.

All of this happens within a fraction of a second, creating mesmerizing kinetic motion as Babot brings the object to a complete standstill.

The servos are connected to hinged legs, which in turn use a magnetic metal knob to seamlessly connect to the balancing platform. It allows for both smooth, rapid motions and endless flexibility to catch and balance a ball on its surface.

The creator behind BABOT

Johan Link (2001) is the creator of BABOT. At just 19 years old, he is an avid maker and first year student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland. He has taught himself coding and electronics from a young age, and BABOT is the culmination of his love for mechanical engineering combined with open-source computing, enabled by Raspberry Pi.

BABOT is completely open-source which allows for endless experimentation.

BABOT's brains

Born as an open-source project, Babot is like high-tech LEGO and comes with clear instructions and all the parts you need to create your own, yet is fully customizable. A Raspberry Pi 4 is the brain of Babot, and with open-source code allows for endless experimentation with computer vision, PID systems and robotics.

2 comments

  • This is brilliant! I love it!

    Andrew
  • Johan,

    This a simple yet brilliant solution to a classic problem. Very good work! Please keep me posted on your progress.

    Mike Wardlaw

    Mike Wardlaw

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