MiniBot Class Reminder


Today, we want to remind everyone about an upcoming class called Enhancing SparkFun's ProtoSnap MiniBot. This class takes place on May 13, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This class is also a sneak-peek at the ProtoSnap MiniBot, a product that has been in development for a while now and is not yet available outside of the class. Michael Margolis, author of the Arduino Cookbook, will be in attendance serving as a guest instructor!

In this class, you'll explore concepts like navigation, obstacle detection, handling sensor data, and more. Specifically, you'll cover:

  • How to design a project to make it easy to enhance and modify.
  • Using Arduino and a motor controller to bring the robot to life.
  • Adding remote control – using an IR sensor diode and Keychain IR sender.
  • Enabling simple autonomous movement – using a distance sensor (IR) to detect objects directly ahead.
  • Enabling the robot to look around – mounting the distance sensor on a servo and using the distance to objects to determine robot movement.
  • Giving the robot eyes in the back of its head – using an Ultrasonic distance sensor to prevent the robot from backing into an object.
  • Enabling the robot to see the ground – using simple IR sensors for line or edge detection.
  • Soldering and mounting components to the robot

This is a class we are really excited about and think it serves as a great introduction to the world of robotics. There are still spots available, so sign up today!


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