Project Hercules – Part 4 – IR Sensors & Remote Control

Now that our robot has the motors and controllers in place we can start adding sensors! The first sensors will be infrared proximity switches and an infrared remote control. Infrared (IR) sensors are low cost and very useful for short range detection and communication. You’ll need the following components for this phase of the build: […]

Lesson 3 & 4 Recaps

We had a great time in our last two classes: The backordered robot kits arrived so the teams from lesson 2 each built a second robot. Now everybody has their own robot to work on. We built a blinking LED circuit using a 555 timer IC and some other components and then we experimented with […]

Project Hercules – Parts List

The following components and tools will be used in Project Hercules: 4WD Hercules Mobile Robotic Platform Purchased from RobotShop and produced by SeeedStudio. Documentation RobotShow Product Page SeeedStudio Product Page Wiki Datasheet Assembly Diagram QuickStart Page 1 QuickStart Page 2 Source File Forum Includes Hercules Dual 15A 6-20V Motor Controller from SeeedStudio: Documentation SeeedStudio Product Page Wiki […]

Project Hercules

In this series of articles we’re going to build the “4WD Hercules Mobile Robotic Platform” from Seeed and Robot Shop. This robot features knobby tires, solid construction and powerful motors! Checkout this animation of Hercules moving a heavy bottle of water: http://www.robotshop.com/media/files/images2/4wd-hercules-mobile-robotic-platform-6-large.gif In addition to building the basic kit, we’re going to add: Arduino DUE […]

Lesson 2 Recap

Great class this week! We started building our new robots. The first day of building is always a challenge because everybody is new to the tools and understanding how the pieces come together.  We assembled the chassis and mount the four motors that will drive the wheels. The students worked in teams of two. As […]