Experimental Robotic Platform


Introducing ERP: Experimental Robotic Platform. This is an open source, modular robotics platform that, as you can see above, didn’t fair too poorly in the Robogames 2009. [John] has been working on this platform for roughly 2 years and states that it will never be “finished”. It is a development platform, and is always changing and being updated.  You can follow along on the project page to see the major design changes as they happen, such as the wheel suspension system cut from a single piece of plastic. All of the pieces, schematics, and software are available for download. Be sure to scroll down and see ERP’s reaction to some of crabfu’s inventions.


  1. furst says:

    enlighten me you leet haxors on just how nubish this is and how you would do it 1000x better yourself but you have other things to work on

  2. Agent420 says:

    rubish – i would do it with 1000 arduinos, but i have other things to work on.

  3. thurd says:


    YES this is what I’m talking about moar of this plz

  4. Alchemyguy says:

    Whut? werz teh hak? I cud hak it, but Im lookin at lolcats.

  5. addictronics says:

    ^ “thurd” is in fact “furst” just look at where the link points, can we please ban these comment spammers?

    As for the platform, what a great idea for hobbyists and schools/competitors.

  6. Adrenaline Junkie says:

    @addictronics — you actually prefer the juvenile complaints about every other post to the humor above?

    different strokes for different folks, i guess…

  7. seventh says:


    its nice to know my humor isn’t lost on someone

    anyway, bring on the elitists of Hackaday – I’m starting to think someone’s swapped sites on me!

  8. charlie says:

    very cool, nice to see the detail and the files. i’m also impressed with the size of the microcontroller.

  9. Alchemyguy says:

    ^^If you like the size of that, you should get a load of my, er, microcontroller.

    Srsly though, this is a very cool project and nicely documented. If only all projects were presented like this.

  10. octelcogopod says:

    “didn’t fair too poorly”

    should be

    “didn’t FARE too poorly”

    ugh, come on hackaday editors

  11. TJ says:

    Make it a manga-robot and it’d be
    “Didn’t fur too poorly”

  12. designguy1982 says:


    Am I the only one that notices that the robot is throwing, and the human is fetching?

    I think the interaction algorithms meed to be rewritten to suit a role reversal. Should not be hard as the robot already approaches and picks up the ball.
    It needs to be a more natural social activity, like a dog.
    A very very smart dog…

    All in all though, well done and documented.

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