The Dtto Explorer Modular Robot won the 2016 Hackaday Prize. As the grand prize winner, the project wins $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab.
Dtto is modular robot built with 3D printed parts, servo motors, magnets, and readily available electronics. Each module consists of two boxes, rounded on one side, connected by a bar. The modules can join with each other in many different orientations using the attraction of the magnets. Sections can separate themselves using servo motors.
Check out the project video for a quick look at the robots in action.
This year’s Hackaday Prize saw over 1,000 entires which asked people to Build Something that Matters in five challenge themes: Assistive Technologies, Automation, Citizen Scientist, Anything Goes, and Design Your Concept.
- 2nd place: Affordable Reflectance Transformation Imaging Dome Lets you view surface textures and features ($25,000)
- 3rd place: Laser Cut Optics Bench lets anyone experiment with optics ($10,000)
- 4th place: A New High Accuracy Tilt Sensor can measure 1/10,000 of a degree ($10,000)
- 5th place: Mechaduino turns a stepper motor into a high accuracy servo ($5,000)
In addition to these winners, 100 of the original entrants have won $1,000 each in various contest categories over the last 6 months.