Humans for Robots' Jaap de Dood has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Goliath, a model kit based on a World War II bomb-disposal robots and powered by the company's flexible 3DoT robotics board.
The 3DoT is a compact board designed to make building a telepresence robot as simple as possible. The single board includes power, processing, and communication capabilities, requiring only motors and some kind of chassis to build a Bluetooth-controllable robot. Last October, Humans for Robots' Jeff Gomes published an interesting design for exactly such a chassis — a 1/125-scale Goliath tank, an unmanned ground vehicle used for mine disposal by German forces.
"Goliath is the world's first robot that combines good old fashioned model building with modern technologies such as 3D printing, programming and telerobotics," claims de Dood of the project. "Goliath is made up of 84 high quality 3D-printed parts and 20 small pieces of hardware, carefully designed to match the looks of the original Goliath series of tanks while functioning as a multi-purpose, customisable ROV.
"When you are finished assembling your Goliath, slide in it's brains, engine and communication hub: the 3DoT board. Now, your Goliath is ready to be charged by USB, remote controlled and programmed! No extra devices needed."
With the 3DoT board in place, the Goliath robot can operate in autonomous, remote control, and "community" modes — the latter offering the ability to mount a smartphone and have the board controlled remotely over the internet, complete with live video feed. Both remote control modes are based on the ArXrobot application, while the robot — and app — can be customised by anyone familiar with Arduino programming.