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Robotics Boosterpack

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http://youtu.be/I0JuGvbfIIE

 

http://boosterbot.in

https://github.com/Hylian/BoosterBot

http://hackaday.io/project/1845-BoosterBot

 

Here's a BoosterPack that @@szhao, jwp071, and I are working on. It's a BoosterPack that turns a 40-pin Launchpad into a fully functional robot.

 

It has two Micro Metal Gearmotors from Pololu driven by a DRV8833 motor driver IC and has five QRE1113 reflectance sensors from Fairchild for line tracking. It also has breakouts for a Sharp IR distance sensor and a servo. For power, a 3xAAA battery holder fits between the LP headers, which powers the 3.3V and 5V pins, as well as 9V for the motors.

 

No pictures yet, as I'm in the middle of routing the board. I'll post updates as they come.

 

Edit 6/30: A picture of the board in progress: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/538662/robot-boosterpack.png

You can see the motor mounts at the far end.

 

Edit 7/1:

Quick update: https://dl.dropboxus...oosterpack2.png

 

The five sensors up at the front are reflectance sensors on the bottom of the board for line tracking and maze solving. The middle three are for PID line following, and the two at the edges are for recognizing splits in the track

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https://github.com/Hylian/Robotics-BoosterPack

 

Here's a BoosterPack that @@szhao, jwp071, and I are working on. It's a BoosterPack that turns a 40-pin Launchpad into a fully functional robot.

 

It has two Micro Metal Gearmotors from Pololu driven by a DRV8833 motor driver IC and has five QRE1113 reflectance sensors from Fairchild for line tracking. It also has breakouts for a Sharp IR distance sensor and a servo. For power, a 3xAAA battery holder fits between the LP headers, which powers the 3.3V and 5V pins, as well as 9V for the motors.

 

No pictures yet, as I'm in the middle of routing the board. I'll post updates as they come.

 

Edit: A picture of the board in progress: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/538662/robot-boosterpack.png

You can see the motor mounts at the far end.

Looks awesome! This will make a good starter pack.

Anyway we could help in terms of parts or boards?

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The BoosterPack looks cool! I enjoy seeing robotics projects simply because they are very tangible and make for a great demo. What sort of chassis are you using to mount the board/motors to? I recently developed a BoosterPack that goes with SparkFun Magician Chassis that has been working great for me. Here is the 43oh thread about the BoosterPack

 

http://forum.43oh.com/topic/5558-redbot-boosterpack/

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The BoosterPack looks cool! I enjoy seeing robotics projects simply because they are very tangible and make for a great demo. What sort of chassis are you using to mount the board/motors to? I recently developed a BoosterPack that goes with SparkFun Magician Chassis that has been working great for me. Here is the 43oh thread about the BoosterPack

 

http://forum.43oh.com/topic/5558-redbot-boosterpack/

The idea is that everything mounts straight onto the BoosterPack so the board itself is the chassis. You can see that the motors are mounted straight onto the BoosterPack in the back of the image. This is for the Intern Design Contest so keep an eye out for it! :)

 

Your BoosterPack looks really nice as well. I've used the Magician Chassis before and it's great.

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You can see that the motors are mounted straight onto the BoosterPack in the back of the image. This is for the Intern Design Contest so keep an eye out for it! :)

 

Neat idea, mounting to the BoosterPack makes it simpler. I'm guessing M1/M2 is where you plug in the motors? What are you using for the front to keep it balanced? Some sort of caster?

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Neat idea, mounting to the BoosterPack makes it simpler. I'm guessing M1/M2 is where you plug in the motors? What are you using for the front to keep it balanced? Some sort of caster?

Yep, we're mounting a ball caster on the front to keep it balanced.

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Board routing is pretty much complete! Still need to add in ground planes and do a DRC. Also, the hole for the ball caster in the middle is made of three overlapping drill hits at the moment, which isn't supported by the fab. I'll have to change it to a cutout, which I'm not feeling too great about.

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Super cool! Can't wait to see someone stack the CC110L SubGHz RF BoosterPack on top of it to enable it to be wireless-ly controlled! Nice work guys!

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Super awesome! Would buy one for sure.

 

I was playing with the Pololu Zumo before but this is a simpler, neater idea.

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