The exclusive Renaissance Robotics eduMIP kit

The exclusive Renaissance Robotics eduMIP kit

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eduMIP: the world’s most extensible low-cost open platform for learning Embedded Control & Robotics.

eduMIP is an educational robotics kit that is highly extensible, open-standards-compliant, Linux-based, and low-cost.  It is compatible with all of the major robotics software development platforms.  The kit listed here containing everything you need to build the Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MIP) prototype pictured, including
- a robust wheelbase with motors/gearboxes/wheels/encoders/wires,
- the vehicle chassis and bumpers,
- a 2-cell 1400 mAh LiPo with custom wire harness, and
- a 12 volt charger.
The only other thing you'll need to get your eduMIP platform up and running is the BeagleBone electronics itself, which is available separately in three different configurations:
1) BeagleBone Blue,
2) BeagleBone Black Wireless + Robotics Cape, or
3) BeagleBone BlackRobotics Cape + WiFi Dongle.
[Note that the eduMIP is NOT compatible with the PocketBeagle, which comes in a different form factor.]

eduMIP was developed in a research and teaching setting in the UC San Diego Coordinated Robotics Lab. Hardware-focused Massively-Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are currently being developed which leverage these kits, targeting both introductory STEM courses (advanced high-school / college freshmen), and professional robotics courses (college senior, graduate, and beyond).

eduMIP is a comprehensive and robust platform for learning:
- Dynamic modeling and feedback control (classical, state-space, adaptive, …) of unstable systems.
- Robot motion planning and collision avoidance.
- DC motor control via (built-in) H-bridges and encoder counters.
- Attitude estimation via (built-in) IMU and barometer.
- Communication via (built-in) WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth (4.1/BLE).
- Charging, balancing, protection, and monitoring of 2-cell LiPo (included).
- Multithreaded event-driven C programming in Debian Linux.
- Multithreaded Graphical System Design for embedded applications.

eduMIP is compatible with Python, ROS, MATLAB® & Simulink®, and LabVIEW®.
[Matlab® and Simulink® are trademarks of The Mathworks, Inc.  LabVIEW® is a trademark of National Instruments, Inc.]

eduMIP's robust, consumer-grade chassis was developed in collaboration WowWee®.

eduMIP is easy to extend via custom CAD/3D printing and custom PCB design/fab, and can interface easily, via JST connectors and an extensive software library, to millions of industry-standard sensors and actuators communicating over:  USB, I2C, SPI, CAN, UART (GPS, DSM2), PWM (servos, ESCs), GPIO, ADC.

The connectivity of the BeagleBone upon which our solution is based, and the robustness of the wheelbase, are key features which distinguish our educational MIP kit from those available from our closest competitor.

CAD designs for the hardware in the eduMIP kit are available under the Creative Commons CC-by-v4 License.

Source code for all software in the associated codebase, down to the low-level libraries, are available under the 3-Clause BSD License.
5 Stars
Board member
This platform takes robotics education to anther level. Thank you so much Tom and UCSD!!
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Reviewed by:  from Michigan. on 9/15/2017
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The eduMiP is a great recreational bot, a good STEM lab activity and a great controls class lab. The bot body is well made, quite durable and functional. When combined with a BeagleBoard computer (which is extra), you have a complete but basic vehicle. You can evaluate your own control law to balance or go to try driving using the supplied software. The eduMIP makes a great, ready to run robotics project for makers, college students and engineers looking to refresh on modern mechatronic devices.
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Reviewed by:  from California. on 10/9/2017
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