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Logitraxx tracked robotic vehicle powered by Spartan-6 FPGA hits Kickstarter. Pledge now!

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You see lots of FPGA-based projects on Kickstarter, but few as cool as the Logitraxx tracked robotic vehicle platform. The developers started with a simple (and dumb) Tamiya tracked Vehicle Chassis Kit, put in a dual-motor gearbox for steerability, and replaced the wooden chassis board with a pcb loaded with a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. (The Spartan-6 family is one of the three All Programmable device families in the Xilinx Low-End Portfolio, which also includes Artix-7 FPGAs and low-end Zynq All Programmable SoC devices.)

 

The Logitraxx robotic vehicle is an open-source design, by the way.

 

 

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This Kickstarter video explains the concept and does a great job of explaining the difference between microprocessor-based robotic control and FPGA-based control:

 

 

 

 

Pledge quickly, and you can get the kit for $199. Wait too long and the price rises to $229. Want a 3D-printed tank top with a servo-controlled turret on top along with that tracked robotic chassis? $338.

 

Robotic operators are standing by. Click here.

 

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