- Small tracked kit for Smartphone experimentation
- Includes Arduino Uno, shield and Bluetooth module
- Frame made out of laser-cut Lexan parts and aluminum
- Comes with the DFRobotShop Rover Mobile Robot Shield
- Includes LiPo battery and onboard charger
- Cell phone can tilt 90 degrees
The Mini DFRobotShop Rover Mobile Smartphone Development Kit is a small, tracked platform which provides all of the parts necessary to experiment with Arduino-based programming, mobile robots and smart phones. In order to accommodate as many smart phones as possible, the phone is mounted to the robot by adhering it to a silicon anti-slip mat*. Smartphone not included.
The frame is made out of durable laser-cut Lexan parts and aluminum brackets. The drive system is comprised of the Tamiya Twin-Motor Gear Box (must be assembled in configuration A) and a Tamiya Track and Wheel Set. The cell phone is mounted to a servo and bracket which allows the phone to be angled horizontally (0 degrees) to vertically (90 degrees).
No sample apps are available at this time, though should you develop one, we encourage you to submit the app for resale via the RobotShop App Store. Possible projects include:
- Adapt an image / object / face recognition app to follow motion
- Create a telepresence robot
- Use your cell phone as the “brain” of an autonomous robot
- Experiment with Arduino programming
- Using a normal IR remote control to operate the robot
The DFRobotShop Rover Shield is the ideal “all in one” shield for small, Arduino-based mobile robot development. The shield allows you to power your Arduino using a 3.7V LiPo battery (also included with this kit) and even has a 3.7V LiPo charger onboard, allowing you to charge the battery via USB. The onboard L298P H-bridge (dual brushed DC motor controller) is perfect for controlling two small, low voltage gear motors and allows for full control over speed and direction. Additional features include a universal IR receiver, XBee headers and analog pins broken out (for easy connection to sensors).
* We strongly suggest that your phone use a rubber protective case in the event that the phone falls. Additional mounting suggestion would be to permanently glue (using epoxy) an inexpensive smart phone case (made for your phone) to the bracket.