AlphaBot, robot building kit for Arduino

SKU: ALPHABOT-AR-BA
$69.99
QTY:

Overview

This kit comes with controller board UNO PLUS, AlphaBot robotic platform (line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, IR control), and ultrasonic sensor. Bluetooth version includes Bluetooth module, and a versatile Arduino accessory shield.

While utilizing UNO PLUS as controller board, this kit is based on the Arduino software/hardware open source platform. Combined with the modular design, it's an ideal platform to get started with Arduino robot.

UNO PLUS Features

UNO PLUS is a development board compatible with the Arduino UNO R3, an improved & enhanced alternative solution for Arduino UNO R3.

UNO PLUS Vs UNO R3:

UNO PLUS UNO R3 Remarks
Operating voltage 5V/3.3V 5V Dual voltage level to support more shields
Reset Lateral Vertical Lateral button is easier to use when connecting with shield
Bootloader switch Yes None The board can be configured to run program immediately when power-up by the switch
USB connector Micro USB USB Type B Micro connector is more commonly used, and shields won't be blocked anymore while connecting
DC jack Low profile Normal height Shields won't be blocked anymore while connecting
Power output header Yes None

Providing 5V/3.3V power output OR common-grounding with other boards

3.3V power output 800mA Max 150mA Max UNO PLUS features higher driving capability
Oscillator Crystal oscillator Ceramic resonator Crystal oscillator is suit for applications where accurate clock reference is required
ADC channel 8 6 CFG used as ADC6 by configuration, and ADC7 from the Reserved PIN
Connecting with prototype breadboard Supported Not supported Solder pads is provided for DIY interfaces to connecting with prototype breadboard
USB driver Compatible with all main systems Doesn't compatible with WIN7/WIN8 Express Edition Driver will never failed to install thanks to the onboard FT232
Firmware fixing Supported Not supported Firmware can be fixed by using the onboard FT232, no extra programmer is needed

AlphaBot Features

  • Raspberry Pi/Arduino interfaces, works with either one separately, or both
  • Arduino extend header, supports Arduino shields
  • Modular design, plug-and-play modules like line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, etc. eliminating the trouble of connecting mess wires.
  • LM298P motor driver with diode protection circuit, more safety
  • LM2596 voltage regular, provides stable 5V power to the Raspberry Pi/Arduino
  • TLC1543 AD acquisition chip, allows the Pi to use analog sensors

Accessory Shield Overview

Accessory Shield integrates common used accessories/components listed as follows :

  • Joystick (5 directions)
  • Adjustable potentiometer
  • Buzzer
  • RGB LED
  • Temperature sensor
  • 3-axis digital accelerometer
  • High precision RTC
  • 0.96inch OLED
  • XBee interface

What's on the UNO PLUS

UNO-PLUS on board resource
  1. ATMEGA328P-AU
  2. AMS1117-3.3 : 3.3V voltage regulator
  3. NCP1117ST50T3G : 5V voltage regulator
  4. FT232RL : USB to UART convertor
  5. Arduino interface
    • compatible with standard Arduino interface with two additional analog inputs A6 (config the CFG), A7
    • solder pads provided, supports prototype breadboard
  6. ICSP interface
  7. MICRO USB connector : for uploading program OR serial port debugging
  8. Power output header : 3.3V OR 5V, voltage level configured by the onboard power configuration switch, used as power output OR common-grounding with other boards
  9. FT232 pins : for burning Bootloader into the microcontroller
  10. DC input : 7V ~ 12V
  11. Reset button
  12. Power indicator
  13. Serial port Rx/Tx indicator
  14. User LED
  15. Power configuration switch : for configuring the operating voltage
  16. Bootloader selection switch
    • turn ON : the board will reset when power-up OR other USB devices were detected connecting to the PC
    • turn OFF : the onboard program runs immediately when power-up, and the board will not reset when other USB devices were detected connecting to the PC

What's on the AlphaBot Mainboard

Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot on board resource

  1. Raspberry Pi interface: for connecting Raspberry Pi
  2. Arduino interface: for connecting Arduino
  3. Motor interface
  4. Ultrasonic module interface
  5. Servo module interface
  6. Obstacle avoidance module interface
  7. Speed measuring interface
  8. Battery holder: supports 18650 batteries
  9. Reserved power input (not soldered): for connecting other external power supply
  10. Arduino expansion header: for connecting Arduino shields
  11. UART interface: for connecting Bluetooth module, to control the robot remotely via Bluetooth
  12. SPI interface: for connecting NRF24L01 wireless module
  13. Line tracking module interface
  14. TLC1543: 10-bit AD acquisition chip, allows the Pi to use analog sensors
  15. LM298P: dual H bridge motor driver chip, up to 2A current
  16. Anti-reverse diode
  17. Power switch
  18. LM2596: 5V regulator
  19. Power indicator
  20. UART switch: turn on to enable serial communication between Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  21. IR receiver: control the robot remotely via infrared
  22. Raspberry Pi/Arduino selection: select the Raspberry Pi or Arduino to control the robot peripherals

Photos

Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot

Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mainboard
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mainboard back view
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mainboard
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mainboard back view
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mobile robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mobile robot back view
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mobile robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot mobile robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot multi-function robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot multi-function robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot multi-function robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot multi-function robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot + Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot-Pi Raspberry Pi robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot-Pi Raspberry Pi robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
AlphaBot-Pi Raspberry Pi robot

Examples

Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
Infrared line tracking robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
Infrared obstacle avoidance robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
Ultrasonic obstacle avoidance robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
Infrared/Bluetooth remote control robot
Raspberry Arduino Robot AlphaBot
Video monitoring robot

 

Note: photos are FOR REFERENCE ONLY, the other boards/modules/accessories are NOT included in the price.

Documentation:
User Manual
AlphaBot Assembly Diagram
Schematic
Demo code