Some smartphones can literally turn into mobile devices, becoming a SmartBot robot.
Robots – and even toy robots – are not a cheap pleasure. A big part of the cost depends on the electronic components: sensors, processors, interface elements. Why should you pay for something that is already available to the user? The developers of robots keep this argument in mind when creating a “smart filling” of smartphones to amaze and entertain their owners. The number of such “office pets” has increased considerably with the advent of SmartBot Overdrive Robotics.
A robot platform is driven by a pair of motorized wheels. In addition to the microprocessor, it is equipped with a pair of LED “headlights”, a speaker and a port to connect to the Arduino board or update the software. The smartphone is set to the adjustable tilt stand, covered with a non-slip silicone. It is connected to the platform via a cable attached to the headphone jack. Depending on the capabilities of the smartphone (it supports the devices driven by Android, Windows Phone or iOS), SmartBot can “see”, “hear”, navigate in space, find a way, understand human speech and communicate with the user – among other skills.
Possible installation of additional equipment – a manipulator, baskets for different items, an adapter for LEGO elements, a holder for a pen or a marker, a ball-firing gun etc. – gives a lot of opportunities to SmartBot owners.