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Turning Smartphones into Robots

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OpenBot leverages smartphones as brains for low-cost robots. We have designed a small electric vehicle that costs about $50 and serves as a robot body. Our software stack for Android smartphones supports advanced robotics workloads such as person following and real-time autonomous navigation.


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Get started with OpenBot

Get the source code

  • You can download the repo as a zip file and extract it into a folder of your choice.
  • You can clone the OpenBot repository from GitHub with the following command:
    git clone
  • You can fork the OpenBot repository and then clone your local copy. This is recommended, especially if you want to contribute.


Please read the contribution guidelines. If you are not sure where to start have a look at the open issues.


  • Join our Slack channel to connect with the OpenBot community.
  • Contact us via Email

Cool projects using OpenBot

There are a lot of cool projects using OpenBot already. Below is a small selection. Click on the images to be redirected to the respective projects.

Tank OpenBot 2WD OpenBot Cardboard OpenBot Baby Yoda OpenBot


Please cite our paper if you use OpenBot.

    title     = {OpenBot: Turning Smartphones into Robots},
    author    = {M{\"u}ller, Matthias and Koltun, Vladlen},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)},
    year = {2021},

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