Robobilby educational robot

Made by University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Queensland, 1995-1999.

The low-cost Robobilby kit robot was designed to encourage students to develop skills in designing, engineering, and programming hardware and software and to teach them that computer programming does not have to be a product purchased from large American corporations: it can be done by themselves, and thus create an Australian industry. This idea aims to debunk the notion that computer designers and programmers are akin to the monks of medieval times, the only literate people in society; it aims...


Robobilby has a plastic rectangular body made from a section of plumbing conduit. On each side are wheels powered by a stepping motor (salvaged from surplus 5 1/4 inch disc drives) situated inside the body. A circuit board sits on the top of the unit with a serial port connecting it to a PC and five ports for the motors and the sensory array. The front of the unit features two extensions and a cross bar on which the three sensors sit.


95 mm
250 mm


Robobilby was designed and developed by Professor John Billingsley and his team at the University of Southern Queensland from commonly available parts with the aim of making it highly accessible to school students.
University of Southern Queensland 1995-1999


Gift of the University of Southern Queensland, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, 2008
14 March, 2008

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