updated 03:50 pm EDT, Thu April 12, 2012
Three Qbo robots due for pre-order on April 18
When the full Corpora website goes live on April 18, it will allow visitors to pre-order the Qbo open-source robot. Qbo runs Linux operating on its x86 component hardware, letting developers experiment with their code. It will be available in three models, with the entry-level one coming as a kit buyers will need to assemble on their own.
Next up, the pre-assembled Lite model will sport an Intel Atom brain onboard, while the Pro version will be powered by a much faster Core i3. They should also have four ultrasonic sensors built-in, two HD cams working as the eyes, and an ASUS Xtion 3D sensor that will create a 3D model atop the 2D mapping collected by the other sensors.
Users may control the Qbo through its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, along with a speech recognition system and a speech synthesis system. A control panel that uses Qbo's API and web interface will be part of the package as well.
What the robots will cost or when they will actually ship hasn't been revealed, however. [via SlashGear]