Ubtech has just launched a fundraising campaign for its new robot. Offered as a kit, it is a system of modules that can be assembled in different ways to create more than seven different robot models.
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Is the future of robots modular? After EPFL’s Mori 3 robot, made up of triangular modules, here is Ugot, a kit robot. It was designed by Hong Kong-based company Ubtech, which rose to prominence in 2018 for setting a world record by making 1,372 humanoid robots dance.
Its new robot is a modular kit system that allows more than seven different types of robots to be built. The parts can be put together to create a quadruped robot (like Spot from Boston Dynamics), a spider, a car, a small vehicle balancing on two wheels, and many more. The manufacturer probably plans to then offer new modules, since an image on its site shows 10 robots, including a boat and a flying drone.
Presentation of the Ugot robotic kit. Only in English, activate automatic translation of subtitles. © Ubtech
A robot connected to ChatGPT
The kit contains a main module integrating the processor (CPU), a graphics chip (GPU) and a third chip dedicated to artificial intelligence (NPU), as well as a battery for an autonomy of two and a half hours. The robot is also equipped with an inertial unit, a camera, a microphone, a loudspeaker and a screen. Thanks to the integrated AI, the robot can balance, recognize and avoid obstacles or even climb slopes. It recognizes gestures and voice and can even connect to ChatGPT. Ugot is compatible with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to be controlled in real time via an application, or it can be programmed in Python.
Ubtech launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. The first kit costs around 345 euros and allows you to create two types of robots (one at a time). The complete kit, which allows you to assemble any of the seven types of robots, costs around 513 euros. Delivery is scheduled from December.