Modular robotics for makers

February 19, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Modular robotics for makers
Following its first Kickstarter campaign two years ago with the six-legged HEXA robot, startup Vincross is now launching the MIND Kit, a robotics developer kit that’s highly customizable.

MIND Kit sports 54 programmable pins and six USB-C ports, suited for building experimental IoT devices and robots. With its new kit, Vincross aims to raise robotics accessibility and ease development. The kit consists of three fundamental hardware modules including the Cerebrum, a central processing unit enabling complex AI computations including computer vision AI or Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM); the Servo Controller, which powers as many as 20 servos motors simultaneously; and Energon, a battery optimized to run both servo motors and AI algorithms with an output rate of 480 watts. The Cerebrum runs on an ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor.

Under the hood powering MIND Kit, is MIND OS 2.0, Vincross’ updated robotics-specific operating system that can be accessed through a simple SDK, making it easy for developers to build their MIND Kit robot’s skills, movements and applications, without requiring deep robotics development skills. In addition, MIND OS is supported by the Vincross Forum, a community of robotics developers sharing the knowledge and skills to support other developers in their robotic builds.

For added functionality, users can attach additional plug-and-play modular hardware accessories including Lidar, a 4-axis robotic arm, a rover base (wheeled module with caterpillar track), a speaker & microphone array, and mountable sensors.

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