Nybble is a little robot cat designed to help hobbyists and students get started with legged robotics. It comes as a kit consisting of wood parts, used to assemble the robot's body, plus the electronics, which includes a control board, sensors, LEDs, servo motors, and a battery. Friendly software tools get your little legged friend walking around and doing tricks.
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Nybble gets its name from the word "nibble," which means a small bite or, in computing, half of a byte.
Li started the project in 2016, as OpenCat, an open source robotic pet framework. In 2018, he built a prototype four-legged robot that ran on OpenCat and commercialized it as Nybble.
In 2020, Li developed an even more adorable quadruped, this time based on a dog, that was more robust and agile than previous models. He called the new robot Bittle, and launched the project as a robotics kit on Kickstarter, raising more than U.S. $500,000.
Nybble and Bittle are open source, fully programmable, and controlled by desktop and mobile apps. The robots are based on the Arduino controller board, and their capabilities can be expanded using popular open source hardware such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino-compatible modules to make robots sense and interact with people and objects.
Petoi says it's shipped over 15,000 robots worldwide so far.