This month, we’re teaming up with our friends at Make: Magazine to introduce a new series of robotics kits to RadioShack stores and RadioShack.com. With the RadioShack Make: it Robotics series and an Arduino Uno R3, you can jump right into the world of robotics by building the included example bots or your own ingenious creation.
What better place to start than… well… the Starter Kit. This kit sets you up with all the parts you need to build one of two example robots. The kit’s core PCB features onboard motor drivers and headers so you can connect the gear motors and optical sensors included in the kit.
Click the following link to open the support files folder, where you’ll find schematics, the Arduino library, and example sketches.
UPDATE: Avoid Arduino compiling errors by copying the MakeItRobotics folder to your Arduino\libraries folder:
1. Open the Arduino IDE, click File, and click Properties. At the top, you should see the location of your sketchbook.
2. Using your file browser, copy the MakeItRobotics folder from the Support Files to the libraries folder.
So you’ve mastered the RadioShack Make: it Robotics Starter Kit? Maybe you’ve even thrown those bars and screws together to make an entirely new robot. It’s time to step up to the Add-On Project Kit 1. This kit adds a low-torque motor, an IR receiver, and 40 more parts to the Starter Kit so you can build any of three additional example robots.
Click the following link to open the support files folder, where you’ll find schematics and specifications. You can find example sketches in the MakeItRobotics library you created with the Starter Kit, but just in case, we’ve added them to the folder. Note that the Add-On Project Kit 1 requires the Starter Kit.
Here it is. You’re no longer a novice. You’re a mad, robot-building scientist! What better way to show off your expertise than by building one of five robots in a single kit? With an additional low-torque motor and 40 more parts, combine this Add-On Project Kit 2 with the Starter Kit and the Add-On Project Kit 1 to build one of the five example robots or a massive, four-motor, IR-sensing robot!
Click the following link to open the support files folder, where you’ll find schematics for the LED spotlight board. Once again, we’ve added the MakeItRobotics libary to the folder. Note that the Add-On Project Kit 2 requires the Starter Kit and the Add-On Project Kit 1.
Trick out your RadioShack Make: it robots with this set of sensors. Connect the microphone, optical sensor, or passive infrared (PIR) sensor to your Make: It Robotics core PCB and tweak the sketch to automate your robot.
Click the following link to open the support files folder, where you’ll find the MakeItRobotics library and sensor schematics. Note that the example sketches were created for use with the Make: it Robotics core PCB, but you can use the sensors with almost any microcontroller.
Afraid your robot may be a little too autonomous? Upload the right example sketch, point this remote control at the IR receiver, and tell that robot what to do.
Want more power for your drill bot? Want to put some speed behind your spotlight bot? This kit offers a low torque/high speed motor, a medium torque/medium speed motor, and high torque/low speed motor for whatever your new creation needs.