SparkFun Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP) Controller

The Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP) is a hands-on, comprehensive robotics platform and includes everything needed to build and program a robot to perform beginning through advanced tasks - building the foundation for innovative thinking, science, engineering, and problem solving. The platform provides:

  • Progression from fundamental robotics to driving, line following, using sensors, using a robotic arm, and culminates in building an autonomous delivery robot
  • Coding environment includes Blockly tools/libraries, Python, and the FIRST ® Robotics coding development tool, WPILib
  • Easy-to-assemble hardware kit that can be assembled completely tool free (no soldering, no screws)
  • Online activities and modules that build on one another
  • Content designed for middle and high-school students and beginners
  • Jumping off point for customizing the robot in countless ways
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At the heart of the Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP) lies the powerful yet easy-to-use XRP Controller Board. This board is the brains of the XRP, packed with features that empower you to bring your robotic creations to life.

Connect your robot to the world wirelessly with the built-in Raspberry Pi Pico W, enabling seamless WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity for remote control and data exchange. Navigate complex maneuvers with precision thanks to the onboard 6-axis motion sensor, which tracks your robot's every move and orientation. Control up to four motors independently with the integrated dual-channel drivers, perfect for powering wheels, tracks, or even robotic arms. You can even attach up to two servo motors to add a gripper or manipulator for precise and controlled movements.

There are endless customization possibilities with the Qwiic connector. This simple interface makes adding sensors and accessories a breeze, allowing you to tailor your robot's capabilities to your needs.

The XRP Controller Board caters to all skill levels. Choose from beginner-friendly Blockly or dive deeper with Python. Even FIRST® Robotics enthusiasts can utilize familiar tools to program their creations. With multiple programming options available, the possibilities are truly endless.

So, whether you're a seasoned robotics expert or just starting your journey, the XRP Controller Board empowers you to build, program, and control robots that can explore, interact, and even learn. Its powerful features, ease of use, and expandability make it the perfect platform to learn, teach, and unleash creativity.

Raspberry Pi Pico W:

  • RP2040 microcontroller chip designed by Raspberry Pi in the United Kingdom
  • Dual-core ARM Cortex M0+ processor, flexible clock running up to 133 MHz
  • 264kB of SRAM, and 2MB of on-board Flash memory
  • Infineon CYW43439 Based Wireless Module
  • USB 1.1 Host and Device support
  • Low-power sleep and dormant modes
  • Accurate clock and timer on-chip
  • Temperature sensor
  • Accelerated floating point libraries on-chip

XRP Controller:

  • DRV8835 H-Bridge Motor Driver
  • 4x DC Motor Connectors
  • 2x Servo Motor Connectors
  • 1x Vertical Qwiic Connector
  • 1x Line Follower Connector
  • 1x Range Sensor Connector
  • 1x Extra Connector
    • PWR & GND Pins
    • GPIO28 & GPIO22 Pins for Pico W
  • Power
    • Barrel Jack
    • microB USB (On Pico W)
    • Power Switch

SparkFun Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP) Controller Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

1 Programming

Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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