I recently bought the Arduino Robot kit while at Maker Faire in Kansas City.
I'm starting to regret it...
When I first bought the robot the batteries that come with it were dead and despite leaving the robot plugged in overnight they were still dead the next day. I found a local battery store in KC and bought some new batteries and a charger ($50!). Excited, I rushed back to where I was staying for the weekend. I've used Arduino for a long time now and figured I could have a "Hello World!" type program up and running in minutes. It's been awhile now and all I've gotten it to do is beep and show pictures on the LCD screen. So instead of the almost $300 robot I bought I now have a tiny $300 picture viewer.
I have found the Arduino.cc website for the robot (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Robot
) and its library (http://arduino.cc/en/Reference/RobotLibrary
) but it hasn't helped.
There are three-pin connectors that are placed all around the robot that I thought I could use for the parallax ping sensors and after figuring out the schematic (there is no information on what is power, what is ground, and what is the signal line), the sensor won't even turn on.
I plugged the sensor into an Arduino and it works fine. I even hooked up a potentiometer to the robot to make sure I had the lines correct and the analog read displays the correct information. I had a parallax motion sensor laying around and hooked it up. It works fine. I took a volt meter and it is putting out 5 volts.
Does anyone have ANY kind of information on these robots? Voltages, pinouts, how it works, tutorials for getting things to work (like the ping sensor), etc, etc???
Thanks for any and all help. I'll be holding my robot looking at the pictures on the LCD.