CES: Rapiro's Raspberry Pi powered humanoid robot flexes its muscles

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LAS VEGAS: KICKSTARTER SUCCESS STORY Rapiro, a Raspberry Pi powered humanoid robot, was shown off at CES this week, and we managed to get a look at arguably the cutest product at this year's consumer technology show.

Rapiro, which raised over £75,000 on Kickstarter despite having asked for just £20,000, is a programmable do it yourself (DIY) robot, and the team behind the pint-sized device claims it's capable of "limitless possibilities" depending on how the user chooses to program it. So, in theory, you could tell the robot to make you a cup of coffee in the morning, or to clean up your messy desk, although the firm has admitted that it will only operate for around 10-20 minutes on a single charge.

Rapiro is a Rasbperry Pi powered robot

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Rapiro however is that it uses Raspberry Pi, shipping to owners of the credit card sized Linux PC as a DIY kit that the firm promises is easy to assemble.

The kit comprises RGB LEDs (for the robot's colour-changing eyes), 12 servos (one for each of the robot's 12 joints), and an Arduino compatible servo control board. Rapiro boasts that more add-ons, such as a Raspberry Pi camera module, can also be fitted onto the device.

At CES, the team behind the adorable robot showed what it is capable of doing, with one Rapiro sat on the stand cleaning a computer keyboard, while another showed off its dance moves, seemingly without a care in the world.

The Rapiro is available in the UK priced at £229.

It's not the only robot that has caught The INQUIRER's notice at this year's CES, so be sure to check back later this week. µ

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