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Robots we have in the Garden

We have an assortment of Robots in the Garden for members to use for learning and experimenting with robotics. Some are owned by Robot Garden, others are on loan so availability varies.


AIBO ERS-220 Robot

AIBO ERS-220 Robot

Tekkotsu framework


Anki Drive

Anki Drive cars and track

Control miniature Race cars zipping around their track.
Drive SDK


AR drone in flight

Learn how to fly an AR.Drone quadrotor

Start flying safely with the included piloting software on a tablet. Then get an introduction to how the drone can be controlled from a computer using the Robot Operating System (ROS) and how you could write your own programs to control it.
AR.Drone tutorial video

  1. Setup
  2. Fly
  3. Record

  • Be excellent to each other: these drones are a shared resource, do not do anything that you will believe might cause damage to the drone, injury to anyone or damage to other equipment.
  • You must have taken the AR.Drone SBU before flying a drone.
  • Drones may only be flown outside in the back courtyard below the fence line unless specifically by a Marshal or Steward.
  • Those under 15 must be supervised by an adult who has also taken the SBU while flying the drone.
  • Keep drones on the Robot Garden side of the warehouse.
  • Use the indoor hull until you have at least 30 minutes of practice
  • No flips with the outdoor hull
  • Obstacle course:
    • Always use the indoor hull when attempting the obstacle course
    • Do not attempt the white squares until you have completed 30 minutes of flying time (two batteries worth of flight)
    • Do not attempt the hula hoops until you can reliably complete the squares without hitting anything.
    • Do not change altitude while inside the obstacles. Back out of the obstacle before trying again.

ROS Tutorials

Double Robot

Double Robot

The double is a telepresence robot from Double Robotics. At the moment, no API exists for programming the Double. However, it is useful as a telepresence robot for accessing Robot Garden remotely and for demonstrating concepts like self balancing.



Comming soon

Jibo personal assistant robots

Jibo personal assistant robots

LEGO Mindstorms




Teensy Magician


A turtlebot 1 robot

A turtlebot 1 robot

Programming Robots Study Group

Robots are coming! Let’s be ready to program them 🙂

This study group is ROS centric. Class material will be based upon Ubuntu 14.04, ROS Indigo and Android. Other operating systems may work but we chose Ubuntu as it is ROS’ supported platform.

ROS 101 Tutorials from Clearpath Robotics

ROS Cheet Sheet

Up and Flying with the AR.Drone ROS tutorial

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