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Microbot Robot Kit

Build your own customisable & programmable Microbot robot kit with no soldering required - Great for hobby and educational robotics for just $65.00
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The Microbot is a simple to build hobby and educational programmable robot kit that uses the Microbric electronic construction system that requires no soldering to build or reconfigure this very versatile robot. 

At the heart of the Microbot is a motherboard that contains a powerful PICAXE 20X2 microcontroller that can be programmed using flowcharts with the ‘Logicator for PICAXE’ software or in the PICAXE BASIC language. The Microbot can be programmed on Windows, Linux and Mac computer systems. Programs are downloaded via the AXE027 USB cable (purchase separately).

The Microbot motherboard is also fitted with a battery box, 2 drive motors, a piezo sounder to make sounds, two LED ‘eyes’ (lights), a push switch and a download socket for connecting the USB programming cable.

Various input/output modules can also be easily connected to the motherboard via the Microbric connection system. A Microbric edge consists of three conductors (+ V, 0V and Data). A plastic Microbric ‘Bric’ is used to connect two Microbric edges together with clamping screws used to complete the electrical connection and to robustly hold the assembly together.
The Microbot robot kit contains a number of modules including two bump sensors, line tracker, pen holder and a servo connector. Other sensor modules are also available separately in Add-on packs.

Microbot Robot Video

 
 

Various Microbot construction options
Microbot robot kit without any modules connected                    Microbot robot kit assembled as a bump robot
Microbot robot without any modules attached   Microbot robot assembled as a
bump robot
Microbot robot kit assembled as a line following robot   Microbot robot kit assembled as a line tracing robot
Microbot robot assembled as a
line following robot
  Microbot robot assembled as a
line tracing robot

PICAXE Programming System
The ‘brain’ of the Microbot is a powerful PICAXE-20X2 microcontroller that can be reprogrammed by the end user. Therefore the Microbot can be easily customised and programmed with new features as required. For further details about using the PICAXE system please see the PICAXE manuals, which are available as a free download from www.picaxe.co.uk

Microbot Power Supply
The Microbot is designed to run at 4.5V from 3 x AAA (LR03, 24A) size batteries (not supplied).


Downloads
Microbot instructions (pdf)
PICAXE BASIC commands (pdf)
Program Editor Software

Microbot Robot Kit Contents:

1 PCB panel containing:
    Microbot motherboard
    Bumper Modules x 2
    Line Tracker Module
    Pen Holder Module
    Servo Module PCB
    Quarter Module PCB
    SRF005 Module PCB
2 Motors
1 Battery Holder
1 Battery Base
2 Motor Housings
2 Axles
2 Wheels
1 Bumper
2 Bumper connectors
1 Skid
19 M2 Microbric hex head screws
12 M2 Microbric nuts
4 14mm Microbric spacers
2 Tyres
2 Bumper contact rubber (elastomer)
2 M3 battery mount screws
2 M3 battery mount nuts
6 brics
2 worm gears
1 3 way straight header
1 Allen Key
1 tube grease

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Hello, As an 88 year part disabled WWII vet, I am pretty well housebound but try to keep my brain active. I have just sold a latest LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit as having made most of the robots including the large humanoid got bored and am now looking for more challenges. Your little $65.00 robot is well priced and looks to be really good value for money and, as I am a very old man have I followed computers since I had my first SINCLAIR ZX-80 I think it was and soon became good at simple basic programming, you know, GOTO, AND, IF etc. Do you think I would be able to program the robot with the BASIC system you speak of on my desktop using Windows? Will await your response with interest. Kenneth Williams

Hi Kenneth, The Microbot is programmed using BASIC or icon based programming, so the programming will look very familiar to you. You can download and trial the program editor and read the manual with programming examples. PICAXE Program Editor: http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/software/bas805.exe Microbot manual: http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/docs/bot120.pdf




Does this kit come with the ultrasonic sensor and servo modules?

The Microbot comes with both the servo and ultrasonic sensor modules, however these are just the modules that the servo connects to and the ultrasonic sensor mounts on to. The ultrasonic sensor is available from the Microbot Robot & Accessories page.