Picture of Open Source Robotic Butler (OSIRB)
This is OSIRB, the open source robotic butler I have constructed. The base of it is an iRobot Create. The arm has an Arduino board dedicated to it. The brain is a laptop and a webcam is the eye. Lastly, the body is made from the cheapest wood i could find with a mini fridge at the bottom for future progress.

I combined these two personal robots to make OSIRB:

The capabilities of this robot are:

Serve Food/ Drinks
Telepresence Capabilities
Greet Guests
Sweep Floor
Navigate Household

Things I plan to add:

Voice Commands 
Facial Recognition 
Chatterbot Capabilities 
Completely New Design

The construction of OSIRB was very slow and I am still adding additions to it. 
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Step 1: Supplies Needed


Arduino Board (Radio Shack)
iRobot Create (
Arduino Motor Shield R3 (Radio Shack) 
Micro Mini Fridge (
Two d/c Motors (Radio Shack)
Wood (Lowes)
Webcam (Radio Shack)
Plastic Tubing 
Water Bottle 
Black and White Spray Paint (Lowes)
Wood Glue (Lowes)
Plastic (Container Top)
Screws (Lowes)
Gorilla Tape (Lowes)
It comes out to be just about $550.00 depending on how many supplies you already have or what laptop you get
It only cost me about $200.00



Step 2: Make the Body

Picture of Make the Body
To make the body is very simple. The pictures should make it pretty straight forward.

First cut the side panels and make the box for cargo about a foot and a half tall.
Then make the 6 inch box that sits on the mini fridge
Glue it all together with the wood glue
Paint it whatever color you want

(use books to keep the wood in place while drying)
do you think this could be operated by a raspberry pi instead of a dedicated laptop?
prototypeBOTs (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
it may be possible if you make something for a serial cable input to communicate with the irobot similar to this