A lot of capability has been built into
the robot for the price and the team
hopes that other hackers in their
garages can do exciting things with it.
For this reason, step-by-step guides
have been developed to help people
with a passion for technology
understand how to program and use
The team has also developed a
lightweight training version of Magni
for the education market that is being
made available at around the $100
price point. This version can run the
same ROS code as the Magni platform
and is called Loki. Additional
information on the robots can be
obtained from our website at
It’s important to note that Magni
(and Loki) are not for novice
programmers. There are tutorials for
Magni, but they assume that you have
a working knowledge of ROS already.
These platforms are for people who
have some experience building robots
and writing code in ROS, but who
have been waiting for a robust and
extendable platform that they can
afford to experiment with.
“We are a group of people who
love building robots. Some of us have
been building robots for decades. We
wanted to quickly and easily build ever
more awesome robot applications.
What we needed was a starting point:
a base robot with payload, vision,
navigation, compute, and power,”
“With a base robot like this, we
knew we could build our applications
in hours, not months. But that robot
did not exist! So, we have built
Magni. It allows you to complete your
robot project two years faster, $500k
cheaper, and without a large multidisciplinary technical team.”
“We want to change the game
around robotics and empower the guy
in the garage who just cannot do it all
on his own. Now that person can do
it all by himself with a Magni,”
We are aspiring to enable the
next generation of hackers and
roboticists to develop things that we
can all use, and finally create a world
where robots that serve humans can
be found everywhere. SV
Hercules v. 3 with 3D printed
shell; sonar skirt ~2015.
Payload: 100 kg.
Drive System: 2 x 200W hub.
motors; 2 m/s top speed.
Power: 7A + 5V and 7A + 12 VDC
Computer: Quad-core ARM A9;
Raspberry Pi 3.
Software: Ubuntu 16.04, ROS
Camera: Single upward facing.
Navigation: Ceiling fiducial based
Battery Life: With 10 Ah batteries,
eight hours of normal operation is
possible. Up to 32 Ah lead acid
batteries can be installed, which
will provide 24 hours+ of normal
3D Sensor (optional): 2x time-of-flight cameras; 120 degree field-of-view.
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Loki, a ‘table top’ Ubiquity Robotics platform for education.