If Google’s Self-Driving Car Was in the LEGO Movie, it Might Look Like This

Martin Wojtczyk applied all the advanced robotics algorithms learned from his experience in research labs and applied them to cheap off the shelf hardware. With this he launched Cubotix, a startup company developing affordable service robots for everyone.

Rover is their first platform. It is a LEGO EV3 based self driving car that uses a 3D depth sensor and an on-board laptop for mapping and navigation. Rover can collect mapping information from its sensors and then learn how to localize itself and plan a route within the mapped space.

Rover also does gesture recognition through it’s camera and image processing. It can also do facial detection, and tell jokes.


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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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