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The Bittle Open Source Bionic Robot Dog Is a Good Doggie


Here Comes The Robot

Those who complain that robots will take over the world keep forgetting that it’s all about control — robots don’t control themselves. Nor do they get made magically, but have to be assembled. So to have a robotic best friend — meaning a dog — you need to build it yourself. Good thing the folks at Petio have got all the parts needed to do this, plus giving you the opportunity to take your robotic friend beyond his initial programming. It’s called The Bittle Open Source Bionic Robot Dog, and if you find that a mouthful then just say “Bittle” because it’s small enough not to be intimidating in appearance, nor intimidating in having to be assembled.


Assemble The Robot

We can’t attest to the speed and efficiency of assembly, because Petoi sent us Bittle fully assembled. The company does provide a very detailed set of videos that go through the entire process of assembly — helpful because the “dogs” head popped out of its housing when we removed it from the box. Thanks to the video, we were able to reintegrate the clips so that the head was back in business. Actually we were a bit disappointed that Bittle was already assembled, as the entire process looks to be a lot of fun and in no way frustrating —as 3D interlocking components are used instead of screws (having "legs" rather than wheels also means more sure footing moving around). Of course being a full adult helps since a youngster could always benefit from some adult supervision (and of course encouragement for the enthusiasm that this build brings). Age range is 14 and up


Control The Robot Dog

Now once assembled you have a tiny (compared to real life) robot dog, made of electronic and mechanical parts. It’s smart enough to do things, but being smart requires having been programmed for specific purposes. Which in this case means performing on command — no not by voice unfortunately (but then so many dogs ignore what their masters say anyway…). It‘s able to go from a resting position powered off to a standing one, thanks to servos and mechanically reorienting “feet.” Also the folks at Petio looked at those big robot dogs and kind of went “ech” when it came to appearance. Bittle is indeed similar to them, but its arching back and “tail” makes it much more friendly to the eye, and a lot more in keeping with the appearance of a dog. Need proof of this? Then just pull up a picture of one of those full sized robot dogs and do a visual comparison. We bet you’ll agree.

The robot dog is a bit over 10 ounces and 7.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches.


Make Bittle Perform

So while we don’t plan to disassemble Bittle, there’s a lot of components put together — although there’s also options to add processors as well as an optional camera and also an optional Bluetooth module. The Bluetooth addition allows for app control, instead of the compact IR remote control that is provided. There’s a lot of other tech, which makes sense since the physical movement is controlled by servo’s — making that unique sound as the legs unfold/fold up — you know the sound when you hear it for sure. So yes programmers can have a lot of added fun because of how this is all put together. Coding R us, is all.

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But before we get to that coding — it being open source as in the robot’s name — here’s what Bittle can do that’s been programmed into it and we just used the remote for simplicity’s sake because frankly staring at a smartphone all the time gets debilitating.

So take Bittle out of rest mode (legs folded up) where the servos are all off, it’s now up and ready to go. Move it forward or left or right and backwards —pretty basic stuff but fun to watch. For some reason it’s a lot more enjoyable than working one of those R/C cars, and maybe that’s because we can relate to a robot dog more than a hunk of metal with wheels (no insult to NASCAR fans, we’re one of them). We can have Bittle do stopping (staying in the same spot but moving those feet) and trot walk or crawl (crawl is surprisingly non-creepy). The gyro which does stabilization can be turned off (fast movements don’t like it) and the other wealth of choices include stretching and greeting and push-up and playing dead and, another betrayal of our sophomoric attention — peeing.


Coding Is There

Oh yes, there’s a rechargable battery attached providing the power.

Now about that coding — open source means a simplified means for coding. Because this is STEM oriented, young people can do more than just assemble what could be called a very sophisticated “model kit.” Coding and programming is possible and allows for the robot dog to become more than what it comes with out of the box.


The Bittle Open Source Bionic Robot Dog comes ready to be assembled (trust us, it’s more fun this way) and comes with everything required. And yes it looks cool and the color scheme works 100% and it don’t bite. For more details go to


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