Koala is a mid-size robot designed for real-world application research. Bigger than Khepera, more powerful, and capable of carrying larger accessories, Koala has the functionality necessary for use in practical applications (like sophisticated battery management), rides on 6 wheels for indoor all-terrain operation, and sports stylish bodywork for attractive demonstrations.

In addition to these new features, Koala retains a shape and structure similar to Khepera, such that experiments performed on Khepera can be migrated to Koala. The BIOS of both robots is compatible, permitting programs written for one robot to be easily adaptted and recompiled for the other.


  • Compact size
  • High precision construction
  • Open modular design
  • High on-board computational power
  • Upward compatible with Khepera software
  • Developed to perform experiments in closer to real world environment
  • Unique differential drive mechanism to allow zero radius turning
  • Accepts most Khepera options


Processor: Motorola 68331 @ 22Mhz
RAM: 1 Mbyte
ROM: 1 Mbyte
Motion: 2 DC brushed servo motors with integrated incremental encoders (roughtly 19 pulses per mm of robot motion)
Speed: Maximum: 0.6m/s directly, and 0.38 m/s using factory default PID speed controller
Minimum: 0.005 m/s using factory default speed controller
Clearance: 30 mm
Sensors: 16 Infra-red proximity and ambient light sensors
4 optional triangulation longer-range IR sensors
Up to 6 optional ultrasonic sonar sensors
Battery and ambient temperature
Motor torque and global power consumption
Power: Rechargeable NiMH battery with charge level memory
The battery pack can be easily removed and replaced.
Autonomy (4Ah battery): Approx 6 hours (moving continuously without payload)
Approx 4 hours (moving continuously with maximum payload)
Extension bus: Expansion modules can be added to the robot such as KoreBot and PC/104 board. Khepera turret (with local processor) are also supported using an adaptor turret.
User I/O: 12 digital input
4 digital outputs
8 power (open collector) digital outputs
6 analog inputs (10 bit A/D converter, 4.096V of dynamic range)
Size: Length: 32cm (12.5 inches)
Width: 32cm (12.5 inches)
Height: 20cm (7.8 inches)
Weight: 4 kg (8 lbs) with battery
3.6 kg with DC-DC converter
Maximum payload: 3 kg

Quick Start Package
  • A Koala robot in its basic configuration (as described in specifications)
  • Two battery packs
  • A fast battery charger
  • The software modules for control of the robot from LabVIEW® (Note: LabVIEW® is not included).
  • Documentation
Other three packages The Koala is available in three packages:
  • Koala Autonomous Package: includes a charger and 4000mAh battery module for the same base price as original Koala package.
  • Koala Lab Tether Package: includes power supply, DC power module and cables.
  • Koala Deluxe Lab Tether Package: same as Lab Tether Package PLUS a rotating contact

  • KoreBot Extension
  • PC/104 Extension
  • Radio Modem Wireless
  • External Power Supply
  • LED Range Finder

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