Rapiro Raspberry Pi robot is 3D-printed to be the cutest

Meet Rapiro: the Kickstarter-backed, Raspberry Pi-powered robot friend, 3D-printed for maximum cuteness.

Meet Rapiro: the Raspberry Pi -powered robot friend you build yourself, 3D-printed for maximum cuteness and looking for backing on Kickstarter.

Rapiro -- Raspberry Pi Robot, geddit? -- is a cute little humanoid robot, which you build from parts including servo motors and light-up LED eyes. You only need a screwdriver to build it, so it's a fun project for younger robot fans too.

There are 12 servos helping Rapiro bustle about, in the neck, waist, legs and arms. Rapiro can walk, hold a pen, and turn its head and waist.

It's controlled by the tiny Raspberry Pi, the British-built no-frills computer that you can use to power your own gadgets. You have to buy the Raspberry Pi separately, incidentally, but it costs less than a round of drinks, so we'll forgive our little plastic buddy.

You can also add the Raspberry Pi camera module into the little mechanoid's head to take pictures. Plug in a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi dongle and you could control Rapiro with your phone.

You can donate to the Kickstarter campaign for as little as £1, but the full robot kit starts at £200. If the campaign is successful, Rapiro will be delivered in December. Pledge more than five grand and you get your own custom-designed, 3D-printed Rapiro.

What's your favourite Raspberry Pi project? Have you ever backed a Kickstarter project? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or do the robot on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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