Make an Arduino Robot
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- Use continuous rotation servos
- Use micro servos
- Use light sensors to find the bearing of a light source
- Usa rotating distance sensor to find a free path
- Design a custom moving robot on a breadboard
- Understand the basic challenges of robot design
- Use a prototyping shield to produce a refined prototype
- Arduino Step by Step Getting Started
- Basic understanding of the Arduino
- The hardware components needed to build the course robot (see section 1 for details)
- Basic tools like a screwdriver, tweezers, cutters, basic multimeter etc (see section 1 for details)
- A computer
- The Arduino IDE (free download)
"Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn."
- Benjamin Franklin
I have designed this Arduino project course as an opportunity for you to get deep into the messy details of understanding, designing and constructing a simple yet infinitely extensible wheeled robot.
From figuring out what the robot is supposed to do, to selecting the right parts, configuring them, assembling them and testing them, all the way to producing a refined outcome, this project emphasises the iterative process of problem-solving.
By the end of the course, you will have created an Arduino wheeled robot that can navigate towards a light source and avoid obstacles along the way, on its own. But more than that, by the end of the course you will have become a better problem solver. You will have experience in analysing problems and designing solutions. You will be able to integrate simple mechanical parts with motors, batteries, sensors and other electronics.
The ideal student for this course is someone who has completed Arduino Step by Step Getting Started or has a good basic level of understanding of the Arduino. You already know how to write simple sketches and wire components in a breadboard. Although I will be showing the robot building process in great detail, having a basic level understanding of the Arduino will make this project a lot more enjoyable for you.
I invite you to review the free lectures in the first section of the course to find out more details about it.
If you are excited about becoming a Maker with the Arduino, join many other Makers and me in Make an Arduino Robot!
I look forward to learning with you!
- Arduino Makers looking for a challenging but rewarding project
- Graduates of Arduino Step by Step Getting Started
- Makers who want to improve their understanding of motors, sensors, system design
Here is a list of ideas to push the limits of the robot and expand its capabilities!
- Bluetooth control from the computer or from a mobile device
- Add a hook or a grappler so that the robot can move things around (this can be Bluetooth controlled as well)
- Line following capability
- Add a camera or a smartphone so that you can stream live video of what the robot "sees"
- Add various sensors to enhance robot's capabilities, such as:
- Color sensors so that the robot can react to objects with different colors
- Hall sensor to explore magnetic fields
- Temperature sensor to detect hotspots or a potential fire
- Ability to respond to noise such as starting with a clap and stop with a second clap
- Addition of bumper switches to detect when the robot crushes into an obstacle (in addition to the distance sensor)
- Replace the alkaline batteries with a single LiPo