June 23, 2016

Build an Arduino Powered Chess Robot

Do you ever find yourself struggling to find chess opponents that are at your level? This project could be perfect for you! Instructables member Maxjus has developed an Arduino powered chess robot that uses stepper motors to create an X-Y table to move the pieces around and reed switches to determine their location. Magnets located underneath the table move the pieces creating the illusion that the pieces are “magically” moving themselves. If you wanted to get started with this project check out the Instructables link or this YouTube Video.

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If you're looking to develop projects based on an Arduino that use stepper motors - simplify the process with our Freetronics StepDuino board:

The StepDuino is a complete, self-contained Arduino-compatible board with 2 on board stepper motor drivers, 2 servo outputs, a 20x4 LCD, a micro SD card slot, and more! It's a fantastic general purpose board for any project that uses stepper motors. You can use it as the brain of your next robotics project!

The StepDuino uses the same processor architecture as the common Arduino Uno, so you can program it right from the Arduino IDE simply by selecting "Arduino Uno" as the board type. Everything simply works out of the box, just as it would with a regular Arduino - but now you can also drive steppers directly and display feedback on the huge LCD. For more information, tutorials and to order - visit the StepDuino page.

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