"My former Botball students are in engineering or computer science programs at University of Illinois, Washington University in St. Louis, Notre Dame, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, to name a few."

   - Scott,
      High School Teacher

Smart Robots. Smarter Students!
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Creative Technology

Botball uses the KIPR Link, a powerful robot controller developed by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. Featuring significant hardware and usability improvements over its predecessor, KIPR Link is an easy to use and powerful linux-based robot controller.

Smart Robots and the KIPR Link Robot Controller

It aims to be simple enough for a middle schooler, powerful enough for a researcher, and versatile enough for the hobbyist. The robot controller can be used for various programs like STEM education, university research, robotics competitions, etc.

For beginners, the KIPR Link features a simple user interface controlled by an integrated touch-screen display, and it interfaces easily with a variety of sensors and effectors. Experts will appreciate the following features:

  • GNU/Linux based operating system
  • Open-source robot control software
  • Integrated color vision system
  • IR Receiver and Emitter
  • 800 Mhz ARMv5te CPU
  • Spartan-6 FPGA
  • 320 x 240 back lit LCD touchscreen
  • 802.11 b/g Wifi
  • 2000 mAh LiPo battery
  • Internal speaker
  • 1 Physical button (with 6 additional software buttons)
  • Real-World Programming

    The robots in Botball are always autonomous - no remote control is used. Instead, students learn to program their robots using C, the most widely used programming language in industry and academia. Botball gives students the tools to develop sophisticated strategies using artificial intelligence with embedded systems.