Robotino® – For research and education: Premium Edition and Basic Edition

Robotino® – For research and education: Premium Edition and Basic Edition

Select your version!
Robotino® is available in two standard versions, Premium Edition and Basic Edition. These two versions differ in computing power, the size of the internal memory and the mechanical extension, the mounting tower.

Omnidirectional drive
The three drive modules of the Robotino® are integrated in a stable, laser-welded stainless steel frame. With its omnidirectional drive, Robotino® moves quick as a flash forwards, backwards and sideways and also turns on the spot. Three sturdy industrial DC motors with optical rotary encoders permit speeds of up to 10 km/h.

Everything in view
The frame contains nine infrared distance sensors. An analog inductive sensor and two optical sensors are additionally available, enabling the Robotino® to recognize and follow predefined paths. Robotino® is supplied with a color camera with full HD 1080p resolution.

Uninterrupted use
Power is supplied via two 12 V non-spillable, lead-gel rechargeable batteries which permit a running time of up to four hours. The system is automatically switched off in time if the state of charge is too low. A power supply unit and a jack are included in the scope of delivery, which means that Robotino® can also be used for experiments or further development of control programs while it’s charging.

At the heart of Robotino® is an embedded PC to the COM Express specification. This is how the scalability of the computing power is achieved. In the two standard versions of Robotino®, an Intel Core i5 processor with 2.4 GHz or an Intel Atom processor with 1.8 GHz is used. The embedded PC can be exchanged at any time. The operating system and all user data are stored on a solid state disk (SSD) with 64 GB or 32 GB.

A 32-bit microcontroller that directly generates the PWM signals for actuating up to four electric DC motors is responsible for the motor control. An FPGA is used to read in the encoder values of the motors. This enables, for example, the odometer data and any additional sensor-specific correction data to be calculated directly in the microcontroller.

Additional components can be connected to the robot controller via standard interfaces such as USB and Ethernet. For subsequent expansion, the controller also provides analog and digital inputs/outputs and relay outputs for additional actuator technology. In order to support interfaces such as EIA-485 and IEEE 1394 that are not available in the standard versions, there are two PCI Express slots for interface cards. Additional electric axes and grippers, for example, can be connected to an additional motor output and encoder input. The Premium Edition already contains the optional mounting tower for Robotino®. The mounting column of the tower offers various options for fastening mounting platforms for manipulators or sensors at different heights.

Graphical programming
Robotino® View is the interactive, graphical programming and learning environment for Robotino®. It communicates directly with the robot system via wireless LAN. The programming system combines state-of-the-art operating concepts, expandability by the user and intuitive operation. After the program has been developed, it can be loaded into the controller of Robotino® in order to enable completely autonomous operation.

First steps with simulation
As an add-on, you can use an attractive 3D simulation package (Robotino® SIM), which simulates the Robotino®'s travel behavior and sensors in an appropriate working environment. This allows you to test your programs in the simulation first.

Open programming environment
The programming interface (API) of Robotino® allows various programming languages and systems to be used to develop a control program. The API supports the following languages and systems:

  • C/C++, JAVA, .Net
  • LabVIEW and MATLAB/Simulink
  • Robot Operating System (ROS SmartSoft)
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

Hardware-in-the-loop scenario
If you create your own motor controller, e.g. in MATLAB, the motors of Robotino® can be controlled with this software controller via the Ethernet interface.

Microcontroller programming
The 32-bit microcontroller is externally accessible and can be used directly for programming custom applications.

Included in scope of delivery: 

Mobile robot system

  • Diameter: 450 mm, height incl. controller housing: 290 mm
  • Total weight: approx. 20 kg (without mounting tower), payload: max. 30 kg
  • Circular, stainless steel frame with omnidirectional drive
  • Rubber protection strip with built-in collision-protection sensor
  • 9x infrared distance sensors, 1x inductive sensor, 2x optical sensors
  • Color camera with full HD 1080p resolution and USB interface
  • Premium Edition: mounting tower with three mounting platforms

Control and interfaces

  • Embedded PC to COM Express specification
  • Premium Edition: Intel i5, 2.4 GHz, dual core, 8 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD
  • Basic Edition: Intel Atom, 1.8 GHz, dual core, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD
  • WLAN to specification 802.11g/802.11b as client or access point
  • Motor control with 32-bit microcontroller and free motor connection
  • 2x Ethernet, 6x USB 2.0 (HighSpeed), 2x PCI Express slots, 1x VGA
  • 1x I/O interface for integrating additional electrical components


  • Graphical programming environment for external PC that runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7/8/10
    API for programming with C/C++, JAVA, .Net, LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink, ROS SmartSoft and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

Robotino® Basic Edition
The variant for use in technical basic and further training with less computing power, less memory and without a mounting tower.


Also order:

Robotino® Workbook

Recommended training media

  • Robotino® SIM Professional
  • Robotino® SIM


Recommendations for accessories, media and extensions



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