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Telepresence Robot Kit (TeRK)
This project is no longer active.
Head: Illah Nourbakhsh
Contact: Illah Nourbakhsh
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
 Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Human-Robot Interaction Group
 CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Project Homepage
The TeRK project aims to make educational robotics accessible to a large community of college and pre-college students as well as home and hobby robot enthusiasts. To this end TeRK includes the development of affordable robot designs that can be built with hand tools and commercially available off-the-shelf parts. TeRK also includes the development and evaluation of a library of curriculum to accompany these robots; development of a robot embedded electronics package; open-source software libraries; and a web community where curriculum, software, and robot designs can be readily exchanged.

Please note that the Qwerk product line has been discontinued.
The Qwerk will be replaced by the VEXPro, which is due for commercial release in late 2010.

Carnegie Mellon Press Release

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