PivotPi Board

PivotPi Board

PivotPi Board

The PivotPi is a complete kit to turn anything in your world into a moving robot. The PivotPi is a servo controller for the Raspberry Pi. It can control up to 8 servos, allowing you to make projects that move, grab, dance, swing, wave, and many other motions. You can use the PivotPi to create robots, automate your home, make moving sculptures, and craft animatronics built with the Raspberry Pi. The PivotPi can be programmed using Python, Scratch, and many other programming languages.


Use PivotPi to create robots, moving sculptures, and animatronics built with the Raspberry Pi.

Visit the PivotPi Product Tutorials & Documentation page for step-by-step tutorials, technical specs, detailed product pictures, and sample code libraries.

What’s included?

  • PivotPi board (black board)
  • power battery pack & cable (4 AA batteries not included)

What’s not included?

Suggested components required to make it a robot (NOT INCLUDED):

  • Servo Motors: You’ll want to get servo motors to connect to the PivotPi so you can make your robots and projects move! We have small and large servo packs available, all which work with the PivotPi.
  • Raspberry Pi (PivotPi is compatible with all version of the Raspberry Pi): This board is the main brains of the robot that will connect to the PivotPi board.
  • microSD Card: Required “hard drive” for the Raspberry Pi (you’ll get a blank sd card and you will have to download and install Dexter Industry’s custom software “Raspbian for Robots” or if you are a beginner, check out or CINCH software.).
  • Ethernet Cable: Required for plugging in to your computer to program the PivotPi (unless you use CINCH).
  • Power Supply: Wall plug to power your Raspberry Pi while you are programming it, rather than using the batteries.
  • Batteries: PivotPi requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included.

If you want to get the PivotPi Board along with a set of 6 servos (2 large and 4 small), check out our PivotPi Base Kit. Check out the Starter Kit if you want the Raspberry Pi and everything you need to get started.

What’s required for assembly?

Assembly requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Assembly instructions can be found on our support page.

Note: If you have a Macbook without an ethernet jack, you might want to get an ethernet to USB adapter.

What can I do with it?

Check out some of our projects like the waving edible gingerbread manflag waving serieself on a shelf, and animatronic snowman!

What else do I need to know?

  • The PivotPi works with all versions of the Raspberry Pi
  • Software examples and API are provided by Dexter Industries (open-source repository on Github)
  • Each PivotPi board can control up to 8 servos.
  • PivotPi boards can be daisy-chained together and connected to our other robots including the GoPiGo & GrovePi (through the Grove ports).
  • You can program the PivotPi in Python, Scratch, and other languages.