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Robots @ SIT

Get hold of one of the available Robots at SIT Library and start your robotics journey today!

Introduction to Robots

A robot is the product of the robotics field, where programmable machines are built that can assist humans or mimic human actions. Robots come in different sizes and shapes. Each robot has a differing level of autonomy, ranging from human-controlled bots that carry out tasks that a human has full control over to fully autonomous bots that perform tasks without any external influences.

There are generally 5 types of robots:

1. Pre-programmed Robots
Operate in a controlled environment and do simple jobs. Normally are designed to perform a simple task longer, faster, and more efficiently. eg. Robotic Arm

2. Humanoid Robots
Looks like a human and performs human-like behaviors such as walking, carrying items, or communicating and interacting with a human. eg. UBTECH Walker 

3. Autonomous Robots
Normally operates independently in an open environment without human operators. Normally use sensors to perceive the environment around them and make decisions. Eg. Cleaning robots

4. Teleoperated Robots
Semi-Automate robot which takes human control using a wired or wireless network. Normally work in an extreme environment to replace humans. eg. bomb disposal robot

5. Augmenting Robots
For enhancing human capabilities or replace the capabilities a human lost. eg. Exoskeletons robot

The Library provides the loan service and learning resources for 3 kinds of robots: Finch, Lego EV3 and Yanshee.

While the library does not teach robotic programming, we have prepared different guides to help you in this self-learning journey. Each robot guide contains interesting projects, suitable for beginners to pick up and understand robotics better. 

You do not need programming experience to start playing with these robots! Click the robot below to start your robotics and AI journey with us.


Finch Lego EV3 Yanshee

Which robot to choose?

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Does the robot need to perform human-like tasks or AI functions? If Yes, pick Yanshee.

2. Does your Robot need a specific structure or mechanical function?  If Yes, pick Lego EV3.

3. Are you a beginner to explore movement, sensing, and basic interaction? If Yes, Finch and Lego EV3 are your best choices.

You can book and loan the robot for 7 days and renew up to 14 days. To book the robots, click here.

Robot Fundamental Learning Resources

Robot Loan & Usage Policy

Loan Policy

  • All SIT Staff and Students are allowed to borrow these robots. 
  • Loaning of the robots are by booking. Users shall book the robot THREE (3) days in advance to allow library staff to charge and prepare the robots.
  • Loaning of robots are by sets. Users checkout the full set of robot including accessories AND must be responsible to return the full set. Lost and damaged parts or accessories may result fines.
  • Depending on the value of the parts. Users shall be responsible to return the robot on time. Late return will encounter fines.


Robot Usage Policy

  • Some robots contain AI functions for face recognition and voice recognition. The robot’s operation system and the facial recognition library are in compliance with PDPA. However, the Library robots are shared by all SIT users, users shall not store any personal data in the robot operating systems. Applications and their data must be exported after each use and be deleted from the robot operating system. The Library shall not be responsible for any data lost or leak from the robot.
  • Users shall not disassemble the robots. If the borrowed robot is not functioning properly, the user shall contact the Library immediately. Disassemble the robots will be considered as damaged and may encounter fines.
  • Usage of the robot shall be indoor, on a dry and clean surface. Motors and joints are easy to be damaged if dust or water went in.
  • If using the robot on a table, ensure there is enough space for the robot’s movements. 
  • The robot is purely for experiment usage. It shall not be programmed for high-risk usages such as fighting, collision, heavy-duty, or usage in special environments such as underwater.
  • The user shall power the robots only using the charger in the package.

You can book and loan the robot for 7 days and renew up to 14 days. To book the robots, click here.