I admit it - I am a GoPiGo3 fan. I feel like it delivers everything it promises.
- It allowed incremental investment (low entry fee, supported expansion).
- It expands on the huge Raspberry Pi functionality and support system.
- It provides versatile sensor interfaces (analog, digital, serial, I2C, USB).
- It provides multiple programming language support.
- Even multiple development modalities are supported.
- The developers are accessible.
- It supports a community forum.
- It provides open source examples and drivers through github.
- The platform is very well engineered for durability and expansion.
- The platform is very well documented
- I like the small size.
- I like the user selectable rechargeable power concept that allows me to keep limits on what Li-Ion I allow in my home. (Only iPads, iWatches, iPhones, iRemote, and Nikon camera batteries allowed.)
- The power system is robust and supports 3rd party sensors and effectors.
- I have over two years invested in learning about the GoPiGo3 and I still love it, and have not out-grown it.
Ok, why am I saying this?
For $200, $300, $400, $500, $600 the imagination runs wild.
- It would appear to come with a few synthetic emotions, which I have been very intrigued by since first reading about “Braitenberg Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, 1986”
- It appears to have built in vision sensor support
- It appears to be beautiful, wonderful, functional
- It appears to allow a paradigm shift beyond basic robot functions to personality and human interaction.
Promises, Promises …