I have been working on developing a low-cost vehicle-type robot kit from products I have access to in China. Can you tell us more about the most-important attributes for such a kit?
- Final shipped cost
- Simple to mechanically assemble or pre-assembled (I'd prefer kids assemble)
- Arduino based, so easy to program, soon can use drag-drop programming like http://www.modk.it/
- Maybe best if "continuous-rotation servo" motors, so no need for H-Bridge shield.? These about $8 each http://arduino-direct.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=128
- Easy to add various low-cost sensors: collision, IR proximity, ultrasonic, etc.
- Available kits for IR Remote control, Radio/Wireless link.
- Cooperative development of software sketch examples, libraries if needed.
A simple cheap chassis like this could go with a kit of parts including servos, Arduino clone, etc. at a good price: http://www.budgetrobotics.com/item/ArdBot-Chassis-Kit-340
Chapter 1 of the SERVO MAGAZINE articles is here: http://www.stmarycss.ca/oconnor/arduino/making-robots-with-arduino.pdf
If you're interested in details PM me for more chapters.
It would be good to have a troop Wiki of information, Q&A etc. so Scouts can work between meetings. Example: http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/BrickStarterSet
I'd like to collaborate on this...
I have done Lego Mindstorms with kids for years, and also simple servo-motor robots with Dios and now Arduino.. Two servos with wheels, a Nano with a small breadboard, some chopsticks and tape and a 4-AA battery clip and it's moving
But I'd like to maybe see something that is more packaged for troops that don't have more-experienced leaders for this badge.
My Son is a Scoutmaster in Vermont and he was looking at maybe doing this badge; I'll ask about collaboration on that...
What do you people think???