After completing the prototype Talkbot a few months ago, I continued to evolve the design to be easier to assemble and less expensive. My target was to get the price less than $100 USD in order to keep it affordable for as many students as possible. Also, this year, I’m expanding my program to 2 schools, so wanted to industrialize the prep process as much as possible. My main areas of focus where on the Speech Chip, the Motor Shield, the bump sensors, the speaker, and sourcing parts for less money.
The original Adafruit Motorshield kit is one of our most beloved kits, which is why we decided to make something even better. We have upgraded the shield kit to make the bestest, easiest way to drive DC and Stepper motors. This shield will make quick work of your next robotics project! We kept the ability to drive up to 4 DC motors or 2 stepper motors, but added many improvements!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.