Robotics Kit - POP-BOT (ATmega168)

Replacement: None. It's time for this product to step aside and make room in the catalog for even more cool stuff. This page is for reference only.

The POP-BOT is an Arduino compatible, mobile robotic platform. It comes complete with wheels, motors, sensors, software, documentation, etc. The POP-BOT MCU comes in two parts, the POP-168 Module and the RBX168 power module board.

The POP-168’s pin-out is similar to the Arduino Stamp. It includes an RS-232 to TTL converter circuit for downloading data and communicating with a computer. The POP-168 module’s hardware is compatible with Arduino Mini in the Arduino IDE.

The RBX-168 Robot controller board is a complete, low-cost development platform designed for those interested in learning and using Arduino POP-168 module in robotic applications. Its compact size, convenient features, and low price make it an ideal tool for the student and educator.

  • ATmega168 on board
  • Screw terminal block for battery connections - supports 4.8-12VDC
  • +5VDC regulated power supply circuit for POP-168 module and all sensor ports
  • 16x2 Serial LCD
  • Built-in RS-232 interface for Communication
  • Immediate code upload with the built-in bootloader
  • Fully compatible with the Arduino IDE
  • Access to ISP port for programming
  • SMD LEDs for indications
  • 16 I/O pin assignment compatible
  • 2-ch. DC motor driver with indicators - motor voltage of 2.5-13.5VDC
  • CD-ROM - includes software tools, source code and documentation


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  • Will6 / about 13 years ago / 1

    It assembled easy and worked great until STOMPED on (trashed!) by an "attendant" that didn't like it. :-(
    (POP168 socket and more destroyed, fried...)
    (The "attendant" WILL be dealt with harshly/fired.)
    (More than likely a case of extreme jealousy of such a beautiful bot...)
    Suggestions for another kit since this one is out of stock???
    Thanks, and Happy Easter!

  • Will6 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Got it this morning and it is up and running with Arduino-0022!

    • DmitryS / about 13 years ago * / 1

      I've started in robotics with this kit
      Absolutely awesome, and very clearly documented!
      Also, I like very much the numerous activity examples provided for this robot.
      BTW, in some moment the supplied chassis will be not powerful enough to make, for example, outside robot. In that case you can use an bigger chassis, like Rover 5 with the same robot controller

  • Will6 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I really like the POP-BOT and I plan on (soon) getting one. One of the things I am interested in is doing some form of a "hack" to replace the POP-168 board (the small green one, it is in a socket) with ATmega328 hardware primarily for increased memory (16k to 32k). There could be other benefits as well. I emailed inex (builders of the 'bot) and they plan a BOT-328 model for sometime mid year. I don't want to wait, and it is possible it won't even happen. How do I set up the 328 hardware? I know how to hook it up electronics-wise, just not how to physically mount the new processor (maybe use an entire Arduino 328 based board on spacers or something?). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

    • DmitryS / about 13 years ago / 1

      Will, I think that you can remove the old 168 chip using the soldering fan, then install atmega328. you can upload the new bootloader using one of AVR ICSP programmers sold here, which support 10 pin programming connectors.
      but why 16k is not enough?
      if you want to make a very diffcult moving algorithm for this robot,
      is better to put an external memory chip, where you will store the algorithm.

  • brewer / about 14 years ago / 1

    AF4EX - email SF support and they'll give you a definitive answer. While SF replies to many comments, I don't think they have a notification system so they're not always going to see comments like yours (on a less popular product anyways).
    With an LCD and motors going on you may have a valid concern that there are not enough free pins, so it's a valid presales question..

  • AF4EX / about 14 years ago / 1

    Hmm, no response after 3 weeks. Does this mean that it would be difficult to integrate XBee wireless with this robot?

  • AF4EX / about 14 years ago / 1

    Can an XBee module be easily added to provide remote control and monitoring of sensors?

    • androticus / about 13 years ago / 1

      Page 19 of the manual:
      * Support the wired remote control included PlayStation controller.
      * Support the wireless serial data communication module such as Xbee, XBee-Pro and

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