iRobot CreateA couple weeks ago, iRobot visited the local high school robotics club, where I have been assisting, and donated 6 iRobots create with some additional components, included a command module.
Although I own several *ahem* - a lot of iRobot consumer products, the Create with a command module provides me my robotics fix while I fix my other projects.
So far I have just modified and cleaned up the example programs (which are poorly coded). Currently it just drives straight until it hits something, and then turns. Next week I will be teaching the kids in the robotics club how to program for the command module (the green thing) which includes an ATmega168. Hopefully I will have it chasing down other Creates and ramming them using a little guidance theory, IR rangefinder, and a standard hobby servo.
Look forward to some example code for the command module!
Stellaris (TI) EvalbotNext, recently TI had a deal where they sold their 'evalbot' for $25! That is $125 dollars off. I couldn't resist, so I bought one.
Some of the features
The evaluation kit includes the following features:
- Evaluation board with robotic capabilities
- Mechanical components assembled by user
- Stellaris LM3S9B92 microcontroller with 256K Flash, 96K SRAM, USB OTG, Ethernet MAC+PHY, and I2S
- MicroSD card connector
- I2S audio codec with speaker
- USB Host and Device connectors
- RJ45 Ethernet connector
- Bright 96 x 16 blue OLED display
- On-board In-Circuit Debug Interface (ICDI)
- Battery power (3 AA batteries) or power through USB
- Wireless communication expansion port
- Robot features
- Two DC gear-motors provide drive and steering
- Opto-sensors detect wheel rotation with 45° resolution
- Sensors for "bump" detection
Here is a video from TI's website!