June 20, 2013

A beginner's Arduino-controlled robot

 Making your own robot can be a lot of fun, however for the beginner the process can be somewhat daunting - so having some simple guides can go a long way to help the builder find success. One example of this has been published by Instructables member "chickenparmi" with his robot called James. It's a simple build, with two DC motors or rotational servos for a drive system. However with the addition of an ultrasonic distance sensor on another servo, James can "look about" for obstacles and do his best to avoid them - for example

It's a fun robot and not that expensive to make. The instructions include a few videos along the way, so click here to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you'd like to learn about Arduino - but not sure how to start - then the best way to learn is with our Experimenter's Kit for Arduino:

The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! 

So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.

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