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The Logitraxx Robot Runs Without Software or a Processor!

Logitraxx robot
Logitraxx robot via Logitraxx on Kickstarter

How do you build an autonomous robot that has no CPU and doesn't run software? SL Interphase plans to build the Logitraxx by using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) circuit and is running a Kickstarter to bring it to life!

While most hobbyist robotics platforms are based around something like a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino, the Logitraxx robot will use an FPGA, a circuit that can be programmed at a lower level than microprocessors. Instead of loading an operating system and abstracting away the robot's controls through software, an FPGA is programmed via low-level logic controls, which can be faster at processing input and making "decisions" based on simple logical flow.

Products actually being delivered from Kickstarter projects can be a bit of a problem, but there's a good chance Logitraxx's creator knows exactly what he's in for: Shane Lewis designs electronics for a living and is already working through the revisions to the system, aiming to deliver the crowdfunded orders by November/December 2014.

(Image via Logitraxx on Kickstarter)

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