For those of you that follow the blog, social media, or our appearances at trade-shows and conferences you’ve seen the Zybot. An embedded Linux based robot featuring the Zybo as his brain. Recently I’ve been working on yet another face-lift of the Zybot for our upcoming trade shows. I always want the Zybot to put his best wheel forward. In honor of this new look, I decided I would go back through the history of the Zybot’s looks and appearances.
The Zybot’s predecessor was the the Zedbot. Like the Zybot, it was FPGA-based, but it used the Zedboard for a brain. Originally created by Sam Bobrowicz, it sat on his desk, sorely unappreciated until it was handed off to Josh and me.
Josh and I were then tasked, with much help from Sam B, with using the base and idea of the Zedbot to create the Zybot.
In March of 2015 the Zybot was born, the process having been documented in an entire collection of Instructables.
First the Zybot headed off to ECEDHA.
Then I attempted to give the Zybot a Turbo-like makeover.
He looked pretty awesome.
But unfortunately he proved to be pretty unstable.
So he was put back to his original self for ASEE.
The Zybot proved to be pretty popular at ASEE. He even had an encounter with Dave Wilson!
Polite as always, announcing his presence.
In preparation for this year, he’s had a taller, more compact look. I used the oval base-plates with added supports that can be found here.
You can view the instructables on the new Zybot here.