What is a cellbot?

A cellbot is a small robot using a smartphone as the brain. They can be autonomous or remotely controlled over the Internet. There are many different types of cellbots, but they typically share the following features:

  • Small; around 6 in. square, less then 1 lb.
  • Mobile; uses wheels and motors to get around
  • Cheap, compared to other robotics platforms
  • Based on open-source code
  • Clever; has lots of processing power and sensors due to leveraging smart-phone technology
  • DIY; there are kits and plans available, fun to build
  • Simple; can be successfully built by the beginner roboticist

How is TRRSTAN special?

TRRSTAN’s servos are controlled via the headphone jack so she does not need a microcontroller. This dramatically reduces cost and complexity.