Item # EL-ACTIBOT

ActivityBot Robot Kit

$234.95


This advanced programmable robot kit is a great introduction to computer programming, electronic sensors, and robotics!

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Item # EL-ACTIBOT
ActivityBot Robot Kit
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DESCRIPTION

This advanced programmable robot kit is a great introduction to computer programming, electronic sensors, and robotics! Using interchangeable sensors and C programming, you determine the movement patterns and response to disturbances of the robot. Some mechanical assembly is required, and the P8X32A-Q44 Propeller microcontroller board comes with a solder-less breadboard to create and reconfigure sensor circuits, so no soldering is necessary. Follow online instructions provided by Parallax to download the necessary software and get started with step-by-step examples. Software is compatible with Windows/PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

This kit has many similarities to the Boe-Bot Programmable Robot Kit as far as function, but there are two key differences. The Boe-Bot uses the PBASIC programming language and Stamp 2 microcontroller board, which is simple and easy to use, especially for inexperienced programmers. The ActivityBot, however, uses the more sophisticated C programming language and Propeller microcontroller board, which is faster and has more memory. Overall, the ActivityBot is more advanced than the Boe-Bot.

This kit comes with an ultrasonic sensor for determining distance from obstacles, several infrared sensors for detecting motion, phototransistors for measuring light intensity, and metal whiskers for sensing touch. Deciding how the robot responds to these various sensor readings is up to you, but some examples are included to help you get started. Two independently controlled servo motors with direct drive provide precise control of direction and speed.

The C programming language is used to control the microcontroller, which in turn controls the sensors and robot. The SimpleIDE software (compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux), which can be downloaded for free online, is used to write your code and communicate with the microcontroller. A USB cable is used to connect the robot to your computer to transfer your code to the robot. You will need to provide five AA batteries.

Hint: You will download a folder titled "Learn" from Parallax, which contains examples and command libraries for the ActivityBot. Be sure to replace the "Learn" folder that comes with the SimpleIDE download with the "Learn" folder you downloaded separately, otherwise a few of the examples might not run properly.

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ActivityBot Robot Kit contents:

  • 1 Propeller microcontroller board from Parallax
  • 1 Mechanical assembly with two servo motor controlled wheels
  • 1 Ultrasonic sensor
  • 2 Phototransistors
  • 6 Infrared transmitters
  • 6 Infrared receivers
  • 1 Set of metal whiskers
  • 1 2GB MicroSD card
  • Connecting lead wires
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Instruction manual available online
  • Programming software available for download online
  • Example code available for download online
  • 5 AA batteries (not included)

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DESCRIPTION

This advanced programmable robot kit is a great introduction to computer programming, electronic sensors, and robotics! Using interchangeable sensors and C programming, you determine the movement patterns and response to disturbances of the robot. Some mechanical assembly is required, and the P8X32A-Q44 Propeller microcontroller board comes with a solder-less breadboard to create and reconfigure sensor circuits, so no soldering is necessary. Follow online instructions provided by Parallax to download the necessary software and get started with step-by-step examples. Software is compatible with Windows/PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

This kit has many similarities to the Boe-Bot Programmable Robot Kit as far as function, but there are two key differences. The Boe-Bot uses the PBASIC programming language and Stamp 2 microcontroller board, which is simple and easy to use, especially for inexperienced programmers. The ActivityBot, however, uses the more sophisticated C programming language and Propeller microcontroller board, which is faster and has more memory. Overall, the ActivityBot is more advanced than the Boe-Bot.

This kit comes with an ultrasonic sensor for determining distance from obstacles, several infrared sensors for detecting motion, phototransistors for measuring light intensity, and metal whiskers for sensing touch. Deciding how the robot responds to these various sensor readings is up to you, but some examples are included to help you get started. Two independently controlled servo motors with direct drive provide precise control of direction and speed.

The C programming language is used to control the microcontroller, which in turn controls the sensors and robot. The SimpleIDE software (compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux), which can be downloaded for free online, is used to write your code and communicate with the microcontroller. A USB cable is used to connect the robot to your computer to transfer your code to the robot. You will need to provide five AA batteries.

Hint: You will download a folder titled "Learn" from Parallax, which contains examples and command libraries for the ActivityBot. Be sure to replace the "Learn" folder that comes with the SimpleIDE download with the "Learn" folder you downloaded separately, otherwise a few of the examples might not run properly.

MORE INFORMATION BOX

 

CONTENTS TAB

ActivityBot Robot Kit contents:

  • 1 Propeller microcontroller board from Parallax
  • 1 Mechanical assembly with two servo motor controlled wheels
  • 1 Ultrasonic sensor
  • 2 Phototransistors
  • 6 Infrared transmitters
  • 6 Infrared receivers
  • 1 Set of metal whiskers
  • 1 2GB MicroSD card
  • Connecting lead wires
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Instruction manual available online
  • Programming software available for download online
  • Example code available for download online
  • 5 AA batteries (not included)

SPECIFICATIONS TAB

 
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