Overview of the COTS Bots Project at the University of Idaho

The goal of this project is to design and build robots according to the COTS principle - e.g. using Commercial Off-The-Shelf products.

The primary requirements for our robots are:

In meeting these designs we have created robots that are extremely easy to build, program, and use. Further, because the 'brains' of the robots are computationally powerful, commerical off-the-shelf products, such as netbooks and cellphones, they have access to powerful third party libraries and products.

The following pages show what we learned and both the successful and not so successful designs. For the most successful designs there are parts lists, build instructions, sample code, and demos to help anyone build and program their own COTS bot.