The RobotsConf Lending Lab is Open - The Hybrid Group

The RobotsConf Lending Lab is Open


RobotsConf Lending Lab

We're really excited about being part of RobotsConf 2014. This year we've come prepared with lots of cool new gear, and of course support for many of these devices in our open source robots frameworks Cylon.js, Gobot, and Artoo.

Alongside that, we've also just recently introduced Commander, a mobile app for controlling robots, and updated Robeaux our web-based user interface for interacting with devices.

We've already got platform support for many of the companies that will be at RobotsConf. For example, we have full Cylon.js support for Spark, Tessel, and Pinoccio hardware.

The Hybrid Group has brought a lot of new and unique equipment with us that we want to let attendees at RobotsConf have a chance to play with, explore, and learn from. Several other companies that are particiating have also contributed to the massive pile of hardware.

So the conference organizers have set up a "Lending Lab" where you can come borrow gear for use during the conference, similar to a library.

Here is a partial list of some of the things we've brought with us, thanks to our wonderful friends at Sphero, Leap Motion, Intel, WowWee, & PowerUp Toys:


The Ollie is the new high-speed robot from Sphero (formerly Orbotix). It is a Bluetooth LE device, and we have pre-release support in Cylon.js for the Ollie API. Make it spin! Yes, we're going to have races.


The Sphero 2.0 is a fun Bluetooth controlled robot, also from the company formerly known as Orbotix. We brought some to the last RobotsConf, and the Sphero's are back for more fun by popular demand.

Leap Motion

The Leap Motion gestural controller has had a big software update with the new v2 SDK, and we've got support in Cylon.js, Gobot, and Artoo. Look ma, just hands!

Intel Edison

The new Intel Edison is a powerful single board Linux computer meant for IoT and robotics. With the built-in dual core Atom processor, WiFi, and Bluetooth LE, it is a really cool new device. We have a small collection of Intel Edison with the Arduino-breakout board, along with the pre-release versions of the "Intel IoT Starter Kit" which is based on the popular Grove connector.


WowWee is well known for creating the popular RoboSapien, and the MiP is their latest 2-wheeled balancing robotic toy. It has a full Bluetooth LE based API, and we've got support in Cylon.js. Come play around!

PowerUp 3.0

The PowerUp 3.0 is a Bluetooth LE controlled paper airplane. Yes, we've got Cylon.js support! With a tiny motor and rudder, and BLE chipset, the PowerUp 3.0 redefines the meaning of "Minimum Viable Airplane".

Come Play With Us!

This is just a partial list of some of the things that The Hybrid Group has brought along for you to explore. There are also lots of other cool things from other sponsors.

Our team from The Hybrid Group is going to be around all RobotsConf long to share gear, help with your code, and just hang out and have fun. We've also got stickers, tshirts, and some surprises. Looking forward to seeing all of you, so come play with us!

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