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Adafruit national robotics week 2017 blog

Join in the National Robotics Week fun this year by making your own robot! What could be a better way to celebrate? Here are a few robots you can make straight from the Adafruit Learning System!

CurieBot: Arduino 101 Mini Robot Rover

Welcome to CurieBot, your own mobile, customizable, and adorable, 32-bit, Bluetooth-enabled driving robot!

Based upon our popular three-layer round robot platform, CurieBot brings some special sauce to the table — delicious Arduino 101 sauce, that is! This powerful board comes in a familiar Arduino form factor, so you can use many of your favorite shields, such as the included Adafruit MotorShield v2.

Instead of the typical processor, this one is packing an Intel Curie 32-bit chip, which enables some very powerful on-board processing. The Arduino 101 also has a 6-axis accelerometer/gyro, and that’s not all — it’s got Bluetooth LE built directly onto the board, which enables direct control of CurieBot right from your Bluetooth-capable phone or tablet! Learn more about CurieBot.


Simple Raspberry Pi Robot: Build a simple moving robot with a Raspberry Pi and Adafruit’s excellent robot platform!

This is a fun project to build a simple robot using the Raspberry Pi and Adafruit’s awesome robot chassis kit. This robot is one of the simplest robots you can build and uses two DC motors to control a pair of wheels. A swivel caster in the front holds the robot up, and the Raspberry Pi with motor HAT controls the motors.

There are no sensors or other inputs to the robot, it will just follow a set of instructions in Python code that tell the robot how to move. Use this project as a starting point for your own amazing Raspberry Pi robot projects! You could add sensors to detect objects around the Pi, add a camera to get a robot’s eye view of the world, or even connect the robot to web services that control its actions–there’s almost no limit to what you can do with this amazing robot! Learn how to make your own Raspberry Pi Robot!


Pixy Pet Robot – Color vision follower: A frisky little friend you can build in an afternoon!

This project pairs the super-awsome Pixy CMUCam-5 vision system with the high performance Zumo robot platform, a pan/tilt mechanism and an Arduino Leonardo for a brain.

The Pixy camera has powerful image processing capabilities that can track objects by color. It can track dozens of objects simultaneously and report their locations to the Arduino in real-time. The built-in pan/tilt servo control is fast enough to track a bouncing ball.

The Zumo robot is a low-profile tracked robot platform designed for an Arduino controller. It uses two 75:1 precision micro metal gearmotors to drive extra grippy silicone rubber treads. Zumo has traction and torque to spare, with a top speed of approximately 2 feet per second (60 cm/s). This makes it a nimble little bot that can zip along at high speed and still turn on a dime. See the full guide here!


3D Printed Adabot Figurine: Make your own Adabot Toy!

Our 3D printed kit is optimized for electronics. The 16 piece design works on most printers and can be customized to fit your bot.

Print your robot in different colors to make it your own.


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