Balanduino – Balancing Robot Kit

We are happy to announce the launch of our new Kickstarter project, the Balanduino – an Arduino compatible Balancing Robot.

Please visit our Kickstarter to get more detailed information about the project, the features of the Balanduino, kit pricing and when you can expect to receive your own kit if you decide to fund us.

We are very eager to get the Balanduino kits manufactured but we need your help to make it happen.
By a pledge of only $299 you will receive a complete kit to get you easily started, including the controller board, Bluetooth dongle, two geared motors with encoders, wheels, hubs, a 4000mAh 3S LiPo battery and charger and the mechanical structure.

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21 thoughts on “Balanduino – Balancing Robot Kit

  1. Thank you.
    We have …

    Thank you.
    We have experienced this thrusting a lot of? times in the early stage of the development.
    Been there, (done it), fixed it! 🙂

  2. Wow, exactly how I …
    Wow, exactly how I imagined my self-balancing robot to be. It didn’t turn out like this one, mine just thrusted all over the place like Mick Jagger until it fell over.

    Nice product, well? done.

  3. Hi Bob.
    We are …

    Hi Bob.
    We are currently working on opening a pre-order for further robots.
    Hopefully we? will be able to begin this in the end of July so we can ship out these in November.
    Thanks for your interest.
    Best Regards, Thomas

  4. Yes you could make …
    Yes you could make it work as well since it got a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope you can estimate both pitch and roll. You could then use one of the motor drivers for the driving wheel and the other for the disk that keeps it balanced sideways? 🙂

  5. Okay this is the …
    Okay this is the last question, I promise 😛
    So if I were to put this in, say, a single-wheel ‘motorcycle’ of sorts, with a few modifications, would it work just as well?
    That question decides if you’ve sold me or not.
    Other than that, thanks for the help. I’m a bit tight on money atm with some other projects, but I? shall look for it in the future.

  6. No it’s much much …
    No it’s much much than just a simple Arduino. It features an ATmega1284P, an FT230X (USB to Serial converter), a USB Host interface (MAX3421E), a MPU-6050 (3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis magnetometer), two motor drivers (VNH5180), a Bluetooth dongle and a buzzer. Try to read? the Kickstarter description for more information.

    What I meant by the comment was that you can use the board as a normal Arduino.

  7. So if there is no …
    So if there is no difference, why not just program a self-balancing robot with a $40 arduino board instead?
    What special features makes this thing worth almost $100 more than arduino?
    I’m looking to build a self-balancing vehicle of sorts, and I’m deciding what I want to control it. If I can do the same program with arduino, why should I pay the extra money for this?
    I mean no offence on any of this,? you all are doing a great job. I just want to be an educated consumer.

  8. The finished PCB …
    The finished PCB with all components will remain at $129 for now. I can’t say what might happen in the future.

    Yes it could work, but you would have to make a lot of modifications to the code.

    None. You use the Arduino IDE? to program the robot. For more advanced users it’s also possible to use a normal makefile.

  9. I like it, but will …
    I like it, but will the board eventually be cheaper? I mean, judging by the donation rewards, $130 would be about what the board itself costs. Are there plans to make it any cheaper?
    Second, could this work if it was connected to a single wheel?
    And finally, what’s the difference between this and programming a self-balancing robot code with the arduino? IDE?

  10. Yes you could. The …
    Yes you could. The motor? controller pins will be broken out on the final PCB. Check out the FAQ at the Kickstarter: kickstarter . com/projects/tkjelectronics/balanduino-balancing-robot-kit#faq

  11. If you were to …
    If you were to connect the board to larger dc? motors instead of small motors, could you make something like a segway?

  12. Yes, the “Early …
    Yes, the “Early Bird” is simply the Full $299 package but shipped to you a month earlier due to it being shipped from the initial batch of? 10 kits.

  13. We haven’t thought …
    We haven’t thought about using any controller algorithm as that part is the most fundamental to the balance performance we have gained with the Balanduino currently. Changing it would require a lot of hours developing and fine-tuning this new controller.
    We have thought? about adjusting the PID contants (gains) according to the battery level even though the motor performance doesn’t rely that much on the voltage level. But we would be implementing this in the final version of the firmware.

  14. also, have you …
    also, have you considered an alternative to PID control for a more robust type controller? or adjusting/adapting PID gains depending? on battery drain level? I’m currently researching at my college using adaptive type robust controllers for self balancing robots like this 🙂

  15. Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the reply, It’s not clear from the kickstarter page, but If I back it as part of the “Early? Bird” 340$ pledge because I want earlier delivery, do I get everything included in the 299$ pledge?

  16. You are completely …
    You are completely right. It is absolutely the best to have the sensors, especially the accelerometer as close to the tilt axis as possible.

    This is also what we have done, by placing it at the bottom layer.
    Having it on the top side or the bottom? side of this layer doesn’t really matter – but in our case we didn’t have space for the board at the bottom side, and it is also more protected at the top side.

  17. quick question …
    quick question though, with the accelerometer and gyro placed on the new balanduino board, wouldn’t it be better to have placed them near the tilt axis (inline with the? motor shaft)?

  18. i’m going to order …
    i’m going to order mine in the next couple of? days. you guys helped me out alot with my balancing robot and i can’t wait to see what more you guys can do.

  19. One guy of this …
    One guy of this team, Lauszus, helped me alot with my balancing robot, they are master on this kind of? robot’s, you can expect an amazing , very stable and quality robot, with online support, if he helped me for like 5 months and i am “randoom”, i imagine the support they would give to people who bought this kit.
    I did alot searches on internet when i was developing my robot, and i couldn’t find a robots much better than? this one, the PID algorithm is very well tuned and coded.

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