On Friday, October 4th, LVL1's own Brian Wagner will be teaching a workshop on Sumobot Construction and programming! Brian spent his summer vacation designing and prototyping the "BaxterBot" board, a circuitboard which drives motors, IR sensors, sonar, and many, many more, and is Arduino compatible! For a mere $60, you get all the electronics you'll need for a Sumobot! Chassis isn't included, but you have full access to the LVL1 boneyard, and all the tools you could need to make your own.
Sign up here: https://lvl1sumo2013.eventbrite.com/
Only 9 seats remain as of this writing, so hurry up.
All you need to bring is a laptop and your imagination. Don't know how to solder? Not a problem! This is the workshop you need to get ready for LVL1's 4th annual SumoBot competition and Halloween party!
Saturday, October 22, 2011 and Sunday, October 23, 2011
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Don't have a sumobot for this years competition and Halloween party? Want to be one of the cool kids? Do not be afraid the friendly folks at LVL1 are here to help.
Learn the basics of building a Sumobot! It's a small autonomous 10cmX10cm robot that doesn't like sharing the ring. More information about Sumobot competitions can be found here.
This workshop takes place over 2 afternoons; Saturday and Sunday. 2pm -6pm The workshop will cover soldering, construction, and programming of your own sumobot.
A laptop is required for both days for assembly and programming.
All parts, tools and equipment needed to build it will be provided. If you already have a FTDI cable for programming the microcontroller, you can save $15 with that ticket option. If you do not have this cable, purchase the full ticket including FTDI cable. A FTDI cable is common with Arduino variants and is very reusable.
10 total seats are available. Sign ups are open http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2288210098
As you may have read on a prior post, Brian and I are looking to create a $50 mini-sumobot to "A" see if its possible, and "B" share our results with other hackers out there, especially new ones that are considering building a low budget bot. We will be providing our data, design and source code to any who want to see it. This post is to outline the parameters of the project.
Before we can get started, we want to establish some parameters with regard to our design. This design should hopefully meet the following requirements:
...continue reading "The Fifty Dollar Sumobot, Part II"
Many readers of this blog have probably either built a mini-Sumobot or watched one in a mini-Sumobot competition. They are works of art, a tight little bundle of power, sensors and control, with one task in mind: push the other little bugger off the mat. The designs on these little bots vary widely in design as well as performance. Did I mention that they can be expensive? Even ready to make kits are over $100 shipped to your door. And if you are going to buy a lot of specialized parts online including the right motors, wheels, sensors and a brain can cost you a fair amount.