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AlphaBot, Basic Robot Kit for Arduino

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This kit includes the AlphaBot robotic platform (line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, IR control), UNO PLUS control board and ultrasonic sensor.

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This kit includes the AlphaBot robotic platform (line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, IR control), an UNO PLUS control board and an ultrasonic sensor.

While utilizing UNO PLUS as controller board, this kit is based on the Arduino software/hardware open source platform. Combined with the modular design, it's an ideal platform to get started with Arduino robot.

 

AlphaBot Features:

  • Raspberry Pi/Arduino interfaces, works with either one separately, or both
  • Arduino extend header, supports Arduino shields
  • Modular design, plug-and-play modules like line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, etc. eliminating the trouble of connecting mess wires.
  • LM298P motor driver with diode protection circuit, more safety
  • LM2596 voltage regular, provides stable 5V power to the Raspberry Pi/Arduino
  • TLC1543 AD acquisition chip, allows the Pi to use analog sensors

What's on the UNO PLUS:

Refer to Image number 4 above for reference to the following:

  1. ATMEGA328P-AU
  2. AMS1117-3.3 : 3.3V voltage regulator
  3. NCP1117ST50T3G : 5V voltage regulator
  4. FT232RL : USB to UART convertor
  5. Arduino interface
    • compatible with standard Arduino interface with two additional analog inputs A6 (config the CFG), A7
    • solder pads provided, supports prototype breadboard
  6. ICSP interface
  7. MICRO USB connector : for uploading program OR serial port debugging
  8. Power output header : 3.3V OR 5V, voltage level configured by the onboard power configuration switch, used as power output OR common-grounding with other boards
  9. FT232 pins : for burning Bootloader into the microcontroller
  10. DC input : 7V ~ 12V
  11. Reset button
  12. Power indicator
  13. Serial port Rx/Tx indicator
  14. User LED
  15. Power configuration switch : for configuring the operating voltage
  16. Bootloader selection switch
    • Turn ON : the board will reset when power-up OR other USB devices were detected connecting to the PC
    • Turn OFF : the onboard program runs immediately when power-up, and the board will not reset when other USB devices were detected connecting to the PC

 

What's on the AlphaBot Mainboard?

Refer to Image number 5 above for reference to the following:

  1. Raspberry Pi interface: for connecting Raspberry Pi
  2. Arduino interface: for connecting Arduino
  3. Motor interface
  4. Ultrasonic module interface
  5. Servo module interface
  6. Obstacle avoidance module interface
  7. Speed measuring interface
  8. Battery holder: supports 18650 batteries
  9. Reserved power input (not soldered): for connecting other external power supply
  10. Arduino expansion header: for connecting Arduino shields
  11. UART interface: for connecting Bluetooth module, to control the robot remotely via Bluetooth
  12. SPI interface: for connecting NRF24L01 wireless module
  13. Line tracking module interface
  14. TLC1543: 10-bit AD acquisition chip, allows the Pi to use analog sensors
  15. LM298P: dual H bridge motor driver chip, up to 2A current
  16. Anti-reverse diode
  17. Power switch
  18. LM2596: 5V regulator
  19. Power indicator
  20. UART switch: turn on to enable serial communication between Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  21. IR receiver: control the robot remotely via infrared
  22. Raspberry Pi/Arduino selection: select the Raspberry Pi or Arduino to control the robot peripherals

*Note that the included microcontroller is not supplied by Arduino. It is, however, manufactured to the same specifications and quality controlled locally to ensure it functions exactly as expected while saving you money.

 

Development Resources

Wiki : www.waveshare.com/wiki/AlphaBot

Wiki : www.waveshare.com/wiki/UNO_PLUS

 

Grade 
04/03/2019

Interesting toy

I've played with Arduinos and motors but getting this one to work has been the most challenging but good fun

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