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Turning a toy robot into an IoT device with Eclipse technologies

The Rapiro is a nice open-hardware robot, controlled by an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi.

Earlier this week, I decided that he’d be nice if I could run Eclipse Orion directly on the robot, allowing me to write an app that would bridge the Rapiro to the Internet (there’s a WiFi dongle attached to the RaspberryPi so the robot does have Internet access), using MQTT.

I wrote about my experience in this blog post at Element14, so check it out! If you’re more interested in the final result, you may just want to check out the video below 🙂

Oh, and when I say it’s open-hardware, it really is: the 3D models of all the part of the robot are now on Thingiverse, so you are actually free to 3D-print your own version of the robot!

By Benjamin Cabé

Benjamin is a technology enthusiast with a passion for empowering developers to build innovative solutions. A long-time open source advocate, he co-founded Eclipse IoT in 2011 and is currently working at Microsoft on Azure IoT.

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