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DIY a Raspberry Pi Robot With Your Kids
If you are looking for a project to do with your children, maybe this new tutorial published to the Wired website may be just the thing. With simply $60 price of hardware and 10 strains of code, you and your child can construct an easy wheeled robot that may drive around your own home.
The tutorial provides full instructions on how to build your very own DIY Gobot Raspberry Pi robot using the awesome mini PC together with a few other components:
– MicroSD card: You’ll load this up with the bot’s software.
– Two 5-volt DC motors
– Two wheels with grippy rubber tires: These will snap onto the motor shafts.
– L293D motor controller
– Six AA batteries in a holder: To power the motors.
– Small breadboard: A device used to build a simple circuit, no soldering required.
– 5-volt USB mobile phone battery pack: To power the Pi.
– Jumper wires: To connect everything.
– Chassis: Anything flat and about 6 inches square: Legos, laser-cut plastic, cardboard. You can also add two “feet” to stabilize your droid.
– Sticky Tack adhesive
Thanks to the open source capabilities, you can increase your robotic’s capabilities by including sensors and writing new code. That is the great thing about the Pi platform. For instance, add an infrared sensor to the robotic’s nostril, then program it to observe a black line on the ground. Or add a digital camera and combine computer-vision code to get the droid to chase a brilliant ball.