I am planning to post the article every Friday, so that you will have enough time to try it out over the weekend.
I am going to assume, that you have basic knowledge of Arduino and electronics. If you can make LED’s blink, then you are ready 😉
If not, you can use the following tutorials to get started. These were the same resources that I used when I started playing around with Arduino.
Soldering skill is not mandatory, but would be a plus. If you struggle with soldering (I still do 🙂 ), then refer to the comics soldering book by Mighty Ohm.
- Any Arduino (Uno, Leanardo, Mega or one of the many clones) and the USB cable
- 2 DC Motors (preferably 6V)
- 12V Led acid battery and charger
- Bot Chasis frame
- 2 (or 4) Wheels
- Front support wheel
- Screws, Bolts & Screw driver
- LED, Light sensors, resistors, jumper wires etc
- L293D IC (preferably in a breakout board). You can also use a Motor shield if you have one
The following is the rough agenda, that I am planning for this series. Based on the feedback, I might slightly tweaked it a bit.
- Introduction & parts needed
- Introduction to DC motors
- Using L293D and controlling DC Motor speed
- Assembling the bot
- Putting everything together
We will have a basic working bot by this time. It will look roughly like below.
After that I will teach you how to do cool stuff with the bot. Right now I am planning to do the following.
- Teach it bot to avoid obstacles using IR
- Find how far it is from obstacles using Ultra sound
- Control the bot using your Android device
- Control the bot from a browser
In addition if you want me to write a tutorial on a specific feature, then do let me know by leaving a comment below and I will try my best 🙂
Happy Roboting 😉