InstaBots Remote Control Self-Balancing Robot
Robotics and Arduino are two peas in a pod, but for many of us, they seem like difficult concepts to grasp. The truth of the matter is that you can make a robot or Arduino project as sophisticated as you can imagine, but these projects should also be fun and come from a simple start. This is the thinking behind the SainSmart InstaBots product line.
With SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit we aimed to create something that beginners and experts could both enjoy. SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit provides all the parts and easy-to-follow instructions, you provide the final result.
- Balances, moves, run with two wheels.
- Controlled & moved by the remote controller.
- One joystick is used to control the robot, the other one is customized.
InstaBots are a series of experimental projects launched in Aug, 2014. Aiming to provide some of the most interesting open hardware kits with all the necessary components, we hope Makers of all skill levels can enjoy a sense of accomplishment and fun from the moment they open the box.
The beauty of SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit is that it is totally customizable; it starts from our design but can become something totally your own. Add sensors, cameras or any other parts and pieces you can think of. Designed by our top product engineers and approved by beginner enthusiasts, SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit leaves no room for excuses.
With the LCD on the controller, now you can see the gesture and the PID values of the robot without the USB cable by pressing the button on the joystick_1 to change what values you want to see. What’s more, the transmitter has 8 channels so you can edit the code yourself to transmit everything you want.
New codes for the robot make it more safety and stable. If it falls down when adjusting the PID values, you don’t need to press reset button but just put it back to the right position and it will restart itself.
WHAT'S IN THE PACKAGE
- 1x Uno R3
- 1x Mega 2560 R3
- 1x IIC/I2C 1602 LCD
- 2x USB Cable
- 2x Sensor Shield
- 2x 24L01
- 2x Joystick
- 2x Gear Motor
- 2x Wheel
- 2x Motor bracket
- 2x Coupling
- 1x 9V Battery Snap
- 1x MPU6050
- 1x Balancing Robot Platform
- 1x Wireless Remote Controller Platform
- 1x Box & wires & connectors
- Batteries are not included
Note: Due to shipping regulations, this kit doesn't include the battery for the robot. We recommend you to choose a 9v Li-Po battery from local suppliers.
I just spent a couple hours to build the Upright Rover kit Pro. I used the video that has now been updated for the pro kit to build the rover, it was quite easy. I got stuck the LCD problem with the controller but after I identified it, it was easy to fix. At first, the LCD did not display anything on the controller. I found out that the I2C address was wrong, I had to change the address 0x27 to 0x3F in the line "LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x27, 16, 2)" of the Remote controller code. another thing, the hole in the top plate is not well aligned with the right joystick, it makes the right joystick rub against the border of the hole. I had the same problem as the other reviewer with the Remote controller 9V power jack and the I2C board under the LCD, I suggest to use a right angle power jack to fix the problem. Other than that, I followed the tuning instructions from the video. I was able to tune it almost perfectly in a few minutes. However, I was not able to get the robot to stand still, I think the little slack in the gearbox makes it difficult for the robot to make small corrections. Like the other reviewer, my problem right now is that the controlled movement is intermittent, I will try to figure this out with Sainsmart support. Otherwise, I think that it is a great kit for the price.