TROSSEN ROBOTICS Interbotix TurtleBot 2i with Manipulator Arm
Interbotix Labs is pulling out all the stops with its latest addition to the family: TurtleBot 2i is a flexible, innovative, 100% open-source robotics platform that will delight researchers, students and designers alike! It's a robotics set that needs to be assembled.

Interbotix TurtleBot 2i: a navigation and manipulation virtuoso


The two best features of this new Trossen robot are no doubt: its processor and sensors, allowing it to move around in its environment with incredible ease; and its native support of the Pincher MK3 robotic arm (provided) used for fine manipulation of small objects. It's a robotics set that needs to be assembled.

TurtleBot 2i boasts multiple talents:

  • It manipulates and sorts small objects
  • It has autonomous navigation capacities
  • It avoids obstacles
  • It anticipates paths
  • It identifies maps and routes


All with fully open-source support to make programming-based research on autonomous mobile robots easier. You’ll also enjoy MoveIt, an open-source inversed kinematics solution for controlling the robotic arm.

A most flexible Kobuki base


Another great advantage of this new Trossen Robotics research robot is its comprehensive platform composed of multiple decks that you can mix and match at will. The Kobuki base is 100% modular and allows you to connect any additional sensors you might think of, in addition to the various sensors and 3D cameras already provided.

And in terms of sensors you’re spoiled for choice: there’s a long-range 3D Orbbec Astra camera for navigation and mapping, a short-range Intel RealSense SR300-Series 3D camera for manipulation, dedicated navigation tools (accelerometer, gyroscope and compass) as well as bumpers allowing your robot to get a better grasp of its surrounding environment and obstacles while also protecting it.

Technical specifications of the TurtleBot 2i educational robot



  • 8GB Ram
  • 120 GB or better SSD card
  • Wifi 802.11AC / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ubuntu 16.04 / ROS Kinetic


  • Intel RealSense 3D camera SR300-Series
  • Orbbec Astra camera
  • Accelerometer/gyroscope/compass
  • Bumper sensors and edge detection

Mobile robot:

  • Kobuki mobile base
  • Modular and interchangeable decks
  • Pincher MK3 robotic arm
  • Arbotix-M robocontroller
  • Max. translational velocity: 70 cm/s
  • Max. rotational velocity: 180 °/s (>110 °/s gyro performance will degrade)
  • Payload: 2 kg (without the robotic arm), 1 kg (with the robotic arm)
  • Cliff: will not drive off a cliff of a depth greater than 5 cm
  • Threshold climbing: climbs thresholds of 12 mm or lower
  • Rug climbing: climbs rugs of 12 mm or lower
  • Autonomy of the Kobuki base: 4 to 6 hours (depending on the load). Autonomy of NUC and arm: approximately 1 hour.
  • Charging time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Automatic charging within a 2 m x 5 m area in front of the docking station (not included)
The TurtleBot 2i is tested and functional at the time of shipping, please do not update any software or install anything upon receiving the Turtlebot. If you have an issue with your Turtlebot after assembly please contact us before moving forward. If anything is updated on the platform we will be unable to assist in getting the platform running.

Resources for the TurtleBot 2i mobile robot with robotic arm


Your TurtleBot 2i robot by Trossen Robotics does not come unaccompanied – make the most of the wealth of resources, gathered here to make your life simpler!

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