Assembly Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

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Introduction

The SparkFun RedBot is a platform for teaching basic robotics and sensor integration! It is based on the SparkFun RedBoard and fully programmable using Arduino. This guide describes the assembly of the new Shadow Chassis for the RedBot. If you want to learn how to program your robot, see the Experiment Guide for RedBot.

Completed RedBot

NOTE: We recommend that you read all of the directions first, before building your RedBot.

RedBot Basic Kit vs. SIK for RedBot

This tutorial will cover how to install all the parts in the SparkFun RedBot Basic Kit and the SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot (SIK for RedBot).

The SIK for RedBot contains additional parts to the RedBot Basic Kit. If you have the RedBot Basic Kit, please ignore sections pertaining to these extra parts. These sections are marked with the label (SIK).

SparkFun RedBot Basic Kit

We have two flavors of the RedBot available - the Basic kit and the SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot. If you have the SparkFun RedBot Basic Kit, you can skip the sections marked with (SIK).

SparkFun RedBot Basic Kit

Alternatively, you can pick up additional sensors to install on your RedBot. These parts include the Wheel Encoder Kit, RedBot Buzzer, and two RedBot Mechanical Bumpers. Follow the sections in this guide that covers any of the extra sensors you might have.

SIK for RedBot

The SIK for RedBot has a few extra parts that you won't see in the Basic Kit. These include the mechanical bump sensors (whiskers), the buzzer, and wheel encoders. If you have the SIK for RedBot, you can follow all the sections in this guide, including those marked with (SIK).

Completed RedBot SIK

Materials

The SparkFun RedBot Basic Kit contains the following pieces. SIK-only parts are noted with an asterisk (*). Note that several of the parts need to be snapped out of the main chassis boards.

RedBot Kit parts

Part Qty
A Bottom Chassis Plate 1
B Top Chassis Plate 1
C Front Motor Mount 2
D Rear Motor Mount 2
E Side Strut 4
F Encoder Mount 2
G Mainboard Mount 2
H Battery Pack Clip 1
I Line Follower Mount 1
J Line Follower Mount Plate 1
K Motor 2
L Wheel 2
M Nub Caster 1
N* Encoder Magnet Plate (SIK) 2
O* Encoder Hall Effect Sensor (SIK) 2
P RedBot Mainboard 1
Q Line Follower Board 3
R Accelerometer Board 1
S* Buzzer Board (SIK) 1
T* Bumper Board (SIK) 2
U* Bumper Whisker (SIK) 2
V* #4-40 x 3/8" Screw (SIK) 6
W* #4-40 Nylon Standoff (SIK) 2
X* #4-40 Hex Nut (SIK) 2
Y 3-Wire Jumper Cable (SIK) 3 (5*)
Z Battery Holder 1
AA* AA Batteries (SIK) 4
AB* Screwdriver (SIK) (Not Shown) 1
AC* USB Mini-B Cable (SIK) (Not Shown) 1
* Indicates parts included in the SIK for RedBot

IMPORTANT: If you have the RedBot Basic Kit, you will need 4x AA batteries.

Recommended Tools

None! The RedBot Basic Kit does not require any additional tools. The SIK for RedBot comes with a screwdriver, which you will need to mount the Bumper Boards. If you bought the Bumper Boards separately, you will need a Phillips screwdriver.

WARNING: Do not attempt to remove chassis parts by squeezing them with pliers. You will break them, and the robot will be sad.

You're going to have a bad time

A Note About Directions

When we talk about the "front," "left," "right," and "back" of the RedBot, we are referring to specific sides of the robot when viewed from above.

Directions on the RedBot

Notice that we consider the Mainboard to be on the "back" of the RedBot and the Bumper Whiskers and Line Follower Boards to be in the "front."

1. Wheel Encoders (SIK)

Read on if you have the SIK for RedBot or are using the Wheel Encoder Kit. If not, skip to the next section.

The Wheel Encoder Kit is a simple add-on sensor that can be used to detect how far each wheel rotates. The wheel encoders will allow you to monitor and control the distance the robot travels. The Wheel Encoder Kit uses a multi-pole diametric ring magnet attached to the motor shaft. As the motor spins, the ring magnet spins as well. This is detected by a small magnetic sensor called a hall effect sensor. The RedBot can use this sensor input to count / track the number of rotations of the motor and hence how far the wheel moves.

NOTE: You will likely need some scissors to open the Wheel Encoder Kit. Also, the Encoder Kit might contain some extra parts (e.g. screws and some blue mounting bars). You won't need those, as the Shadow Chassis contains all the necessary mounting hardware.

Locate the Following:

1x Bottom Chassis Plate (A) 2x Encoder Mount (F) 2x Motor (K)
Bottom Chassis Plate Encoder Mount Motor
2x Encoder Magnet Plate (N) 2x Encoder Hall Effect Sensor (O)
Encoder Magnet Plate Encoder Hall Effect Sensor

Add the Magnets

Slide the Encoder Magnet Plates (N) onto the metal shaft on the back of the Motors (K). Note that magnet side (silver) should face away from the motor. Slide the magnet down onto the shaft, but make sure that it does not rub or interfere with the back of the motor housing.

Repeat this for both motors.

Magnet plate

Attach the Hall Effect Sensors

Left Encoder

Take one of the Encoder Mounts (F) and hold it so that the protruding slot is on the left. Push one of the encoder sensors through the first slot on the right.

Note: The direction of the sensor does not matter.

Adding hall effect sensor

Loop the sensor and push it through the second (middle) slot.

Looping left encoder

Once more, push the sensor through the small protruding slot on the left. Carefully pull the wires so there is no more slack in the mount. Make sure the whole sensor can be seen coming out of the final slot (the sensor should protrude between 1/4" and 3/8" past the mount).

Hall effect sensor in mount

Snap the assembled encoder mount into the back-left vertical slot of the Bottom Chassis Plate (A).

Left hall effect sensor in place

Right Encoder

The right encoder is a mirrored assembly of the left encoder.

Take the other Encoder Mount (F) and hold it so that the protruding slot is on the right. Push the other encoder sensor through the first slot on the left.

Assembling right encoder

Loop the sensor and push it through the second (middle) slot.

Through the middle slot

Once more, push the sensor through the protruding slot on the right. Carefully pull the wires so there is no more slack in the mount. Make sure the whole sensor can be seen coming out of the final slot (the sensor should protrude between 1/4" and 3/8" past the mount).

Assembled right hall effect sensor

Snap the assembled encoder mount into the back-left vertical slot of the Bottom Chassis Plate (A). Note that the hall effect sensors are facing to the outside of the chassis.

Hall effect sensors on chassis

2. Motors and Wheels

The motors add some motion to the RedBot by turning the nice, rubbery wheels.

NOTE: If you completed the previous Wheel Encoder (SIK) step, your motors will each have an encoder magnet plate attached to their rear shaft. However, they are not necessary to complete this step.

ALSO NOTE: Your motors might not be yellow. Worry not, they will work just as well!

Locate the Following:

2x Front Motor Mount (C) 2x Rear Motor Mount (D) 2x Motor (K)
Front motor mount Rear motor mount Motor
2x Wheel (L)
Wheel

Attach Rear Motor Mounts

Hold the wires near the middle of the Motor (K), and carefully slide a Rear Motor Mount (D) in from the side and over the two motor wires. Be careful not to snag the wires, the cable tie, or the clear plastic strap.

Attaching rear motor mounts

Holding the motor wires, gently twist the Rear Motor Mount counter clockwise so that it snaps in place on the motor and the wires are centered in the gap of the motor mount. Again, be sure not to snag the wires under the motor mount.

Twist rear motor mount into place

Repeat the process for the second motor.

Both rear motor mounts on the motors

Attach the Front Motor Mounts

Slide a Front Motor Mount (C) onto the protruding eyelet on the front of a Motor (K). Ensure the rounded sides of the motor mounts are facing the same way.

Front motor mount

Repeat the process for the second motor.

Attach all the mounts!

Attach the Motor Assemblies to the Chassis

Snap one of the motor assemblies into the left 2 horizontal slots of the Bottom Chassis Plate (A). Make sure that the rounded edges of the motor mounts and the wires are facing toward the center of the chassis.

Left motor attached

Snap the other motor assembly into the right 2 horizontal slots of the Bottom Chassis Plate (A). Again, make sure that the rounded edges of the motor mounts and the wires are facing the center of the chassis.

All the motors attached

Attach the Wheels

Slide one Wheel (L) onto the plastic shaft of a Motor (K). Look at the motor shaft. Notice it has two flat edges. Make sure to line up the flat edges of the motor shaft with the flat edges of the wheel.

Slide on a wheel

Repeat with the other wheel.

Ready to roll

3. Line Follower

In this section, you will be putting standoffs on the RedBot Sensor - Line Followers. Then you will add the sensors to your chassis.

Locate the Following:

1x Line Follower Mount (I) 1x Line Follower Mount Plate (J) 3x Line Follower Board (Q)
Line follower mount mount Front motor mount plate Line follower board
3x 3-Wire Jumper Cable (Y)
Jumper cable >

Construct the Line Follower Assembly

Attach the 3 Line Follower Boards (Q) to the Line Follower Mount (I) such that the rectangular pegs in the Line Follower Mount poke through the mounting holes in the Line Follower Boards. Make sure the sensors are facing away/down from the clip of the mount.

Line follower boards on mount

Place the Line Follower Mount Plate (J) on top of the Line Follower Mount (I) so that the center clip of the mount is poking through the center slot of the plate.

Plate on top of line follower boards

Attach the Cables

You will need to connect a 3-Wire Jumper Cable (Y) to each of the Line Follower Boards (Q). Note the color of the wire attached to each pin.

Line Follower Connections:

Jumper Wire Color RedBot Sensor - Line Follower
Black GND
Red VCC
White OUT

Attach all 3 cables to the 3 Line Follower Boards. Notice that the white wire should be on the right and the black wire should be on the left.

Attach cables to line follower boards

Attach the Line Follower Assembly to the Chassis

Locate the wide, rectangular slot near the front of the chassis and snap the line follower assembly in from the bottom side of the chassis. Route the cables through the large hole in the bottom plate.

Line follower boards added to chassis

4. Mechanical Bumpers (SIK)

Read on if you have the SIK for RedBot or are using the Mechanical Bumpers. If not, skip to the next section.

One of the sensors included in the SIK for RedBot are a set of Whisker Mechanical Bumpers. These are basically simple switches that close a circuit when the whisker pushes against an object. The whiskers are made from a thick music wire and a simple RedBot Bumper board. You will need to prepare the music wire by bending the wire itself. Then, you will add standoffs and screws to your mechanical bumpers, followed by adding the mechanical bumpers to the RedBot chassis.

Locate the Following:

1x Top Chassis Plate (B) 2x Bumper Board (T) 2x Bumper Whisker (U)
Top chassis plate Bumper board Bumper whisker
6x #4-40 x 3/8" Screw (V) 2x #4-40 Nylon Standoff (W) 2x #4-40 Hex Nut (X)
Screw Standoff Nut
2x 3-Wire Jumper Cable (Y) 1x Phillips Screwdriver (AB)
Jumper cable Screwdriver

A Note About the Screwdriver

The Mini Screwdriver contains a flat-head and Phillips head. To change to the Phillips head, you might have to remove the metal shaft, turn it around, and insert it back into the plastic handle.

Screwdriver with removable tip

Prepare the Mechanical Bumpers

Screw a #4-40 x 3/8" screw (V) and #4-40 hex nut (X) to one of the two large mechanical bumper holes. You can get it pretty tight with just your fingers, but we've included a screwdriver screwdriver (AB) in your kit. Note that the screwdriver has both a Phillips and a regular head. Pull the screwdriver out of the handle to change the head.

Screw and nut in one side of bumper

Time to bend the whisker!

It is easy to bend the whisker using needle nose pliers. However, there is a trick to bend the whisker using the Mechanical Bumper Board itself. First, stick one of the whiskers (U) through one of the smaller side holes. It only needs to stick out a little bit.

Wire through hole

Bend the whisker 90 degrees.

Benting the wire

Bend the whisker 90 degrees again.

Benting the wire even more

Now that the whisker is bent, take the wire out of the PCB hole. Add a #4-40 x 3/8" Screw (V) from the bottom and loop the bent whisker around the screw. Hold this tight and secure it with a the #4-40 nylon standoff.

Note: It is very important that you do not let the whisker touch the hex nut or screw on the other side. This is what triggers the sensor. Leave a little space between the wire and other side's nut.

Wire looped around screw

Twist and tighten the #4-40 nylon standoff on top of the screw to secure the whisker.

Adding standoff

Double check that the whisker does not touch the #4-40 hex nut or screw on the other side. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screw with out moving the position of the whisker.

Do not let the wire and the nut touch

We want to opposing whiskers. Take note of which side your #4-40 x 3/4" standoff is on for the first mechanical bumper. Do the opposite for the other bumper. Double check that there is one mechanical bumper that has a #4-40 x 3/4" standoff on the right side of the "RedBot Bumper" silkscreen and one that has a #4-40 x 3/4" standoff on the left side.

Do the opposite for the other music bumper

Attach the Bumpers to the Chassis

Locate the wide rectangular slot on the front of the Top Chassis Plate (B). Notice the four circular holes as well. This is the front of the chassis.

Front slot

Using two #4-40 x 3/8" Screws (V), tighten down the bumper assemblies with the two wires pointing in opposite directions on the bottom side of the top chassis plate. The mechanical bumpers' header pins should be pointing toward the center of the chassis piece.

Screwing in bumper boards

Attach the Cables

You will need to connect a 3-Wire Jumper Cable (Y) to each of the Bumper Boards (T). Note the color of the wire attached to each pin.

Bumper Connections:

Jumper Wire Color RedBot Sensor - Line Follower
Black GND
Red VCC
White OUT

Attach both cables to the 2 Bumper Boards.

Cables attached to bumper boards

Route the cables through the left and right oval cutouts, respectively.

Cables through cutouts

5. Chassis

With the motors and a few sensors attached, we can assemble the main body of the robot.

Locate the Following:

4x Side Strut (E) 1x Nub Caster (M)
Side strut Nub caster

You will also need the Top Chassis Plate and Bottom Chassis Plate assemblies, which have any additional parts and sensors you attached in previous steps.

Attach the Nub Caster

Snap the Nub Caster (M) into the slot on the back of the Bottom Chassis Plate assembly. Make sure the Nub Caster is on the side opposite the motors (the bottom side).

Adding the ball caster

Add the Side Struts

Snap the four Side Struts (E) into the diagonal slots on the four corners of the Bottom Chassis Plate assembly.

Adding the side struts

Route the Cables

Position the Top Chassis Plate over the Bottom Chassis Plate -- but do not snap the two plates together yet. Make sure that the front sides of each plate line up.

Route the wires and cables through the left and right oval slots in the Top Chassis Plate assembly as shown. For the center line follower sensor, route this cable through the right oval slot. Note that SIK-only cables are listed with an asterisk (*).

NOTE: It might be a good idea to use some pieces of masking tape to mark which cables go to which component. It's not necessary, but it might help keep things organized.

Cable Routing:

Cable Connection Oval Side
Left Bumper Sensor* Left
Right Bumper Sensor* Right
Left Line Follower Left
Center Line Follower Right
Right Line Follower Right
Left Motor wires (red and black) Left
Right Motor wires (red and black) Right
Left Wheel Encoder* Left
Right Wheel Encoder* Right
* Indicates parts included in the SIK for RedBot

Cables through cutouts

Attach Top Chassis Plate Assembly

Line up the Top Chassis Plate on top of all the struts, and carefully snap the Top Chassis Plate assembly onto the side struts and motor mounts. Press gently above each side strut individually until they each snap into place. If you have the Bumpers installed, make sure the boards are between the top and bottom plates.

Snap top plate to side struts

If you need to remove the plate to change anything, gently pull upward on each side strut individually. Do not attempt to use pliers or hand tools, or you may end up snapping the plastic clip.

6. Mainboard

In this section, you will add brains of the robot: the RedBot Mainbooard.

Locate the Following:

2x Mainboard Mount (G) 1x RedBot Mainboard (P)
Mainboard mount RedBot Mainboard >

You will also need the full chassis assembly, which contains any additional parts and sensors you attached in previous steps.

Attach the Mainboard Mounts

Snap the two Mainboard Mounts (G) into the vertical slots in the back of the top chassis plate near the large rectangular opening.

Add mainboard mounts

Add the Mainboard

The RedBot Mainboard (P) snaps into the lowest of the notches on the Mainboard Mounts (G). Make sure the power jack is facing the left side of the robot. Push gently and evenly until it snaps into place.

Add the mainboard

NOTE: The other slots in the mainboard mounts can be used to hold the Arduino UNO or the SparkFun RedBoard.

Connecting the Cables

It is time to connect the jumper wires; it is really important that these connections are right.

You can follow along with the pin out tables or scroll down for a diagram. Trace each cable poking through the top chassis plate to make sure you know what it is connected to.

If you have the RedBot Basic Kit, disregard any extra sensors that are missing in your kit. These sensors will be marked with the label (SIK).

Please note: When you have the RedBot upright and the front of the chassis facing away from you, "left" sensors/motors will be on the left side and "right" sensors/motors will be on the right side. Also - the motor wires are intentionally switched for the right motor -- see notes below.

RedBot orientation

Line Followers


Left Line Follower:

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Left Line Follower Board
A3 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
5V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND

Center Line Follower:

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Middle Line Follower Board
A6 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
5V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND

Right Line Follower:

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Right Line Follower Board
A7 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
5V 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red VCC
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND


Whisker Mechanical Bumpers


Left Mechanical Bumper (SIK):

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Left Bumper Board
3 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
POW 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red 5V
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND

Right Mechanical Bumper (SIK):

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Right Bumper Board
11 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
POW 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red 5V
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND


Motors


Left Motor:

RedBot Mainboard Pins Left Motor Jumper Wires
LEFT MOTOR - RED Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - RED
LEFT MOTOR - BLACK Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - BLACK

Right Motor:

RedBot Mainboard Pins Right Motor Jumper Wires
RIGHT MOTOR - RED Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - BLACK
RIGHT MOTOR - BLACK Soldered on Motor Jumper Wire - RED


Motor Encoders

Left Wheel Encoder (SIK):

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Left Wheel Encoder
A2 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
POW 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red 5V
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND

Right Wheel Encoder (SIK):

RedBot Mainboard Pins Jumper Wires Right Wheel Encoder
10 3-Wire Jumper Cable - White OUT
POW 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Red 5V
GND 3-Wire Jumper Cable - Black GND

Diagram

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Note: The connections on the right motor are intentionally switched. See the note above.

Having a hard time seeing the image? Click on the image to see a bigger diagram.

7. Accelerometer

Time to add the RedBot accelerometer! The accelerometer is a special sensor that can be used to measure speed (through acceleration), tilt (orientation), and detect jolts or bumps. If you do not have headers on your accelerometer already (older revisions of the RedBot accelerometer did not have headers), we recommend soldering on female headers to your accelerometer to fit on top of the RedBot Mainboard's headers.

Locate the Following:

1x Accelerometer Board (R)
RedBot Accelerometer

Add the RedBot Accelerometer

Locate the SENSOR port with "A4" and "A5" marked near the upper right corner of the RedBot Mainboard. Line up the "A4" pin on the accelerometer to the "A4" male header pin on the RedBot Mainboard, and attach the Accelerometer Board (R).

Adding the accelerometer to the RedBot

8. Buzzer (SIK)

Read on if you have the SIK for RedBot or are using the RedBot Buzzer. If not, skip to the next section.

Every robot should be able to make some sounds. Adding the buzzer will allow you to give your RedBot a little personality with its own beeps and bops. Adding the RedBot Buzzer is nice and easy!

Locate the Following:

1x Buzzer Board (S)
RedBot Buzzer

Add the RedBot Buzzer

Locate the SERVO port with "9" marked on the RedBot Mainboard. With the buzzer and female header side of the Buzzer Board (S) facing to the left, place the Buzzer Board on top of the "9", "POW", and "GND" male header pins.

Adding the buzzer to the RedBot

9. Batteries

The last step is to provide a power source for the RedBot. If you do not have the SIK for RedBot, you will need to provide your own AA batteries.

Locate the Following:

1x Battery Pack Clip (H) 1x Battery Holder (Z) 4x AA Batteries* (AA)
Battery pack clip Battery pack Battery
* Provided in the SIK for RedBot

Insert Batteries

Insert the AA batteries into the Battery Holder (Z). Makes sure the batteries are facing the correct direction, as per the markings inside of the Battery Holder.

Insert AA batteries

Attach Battery Pack

Insert the Battery Holder (Z) with batteries into the back cavity of the RedBot. Position the Battery Holder so that the barrel jack cable comes out on the left side of the robot.

Instert battery pack

Insert the Battery Pack Clip (H) on top of the battery pack.

Insert battery pack clip

Twist and position the clip so that it rests on top of the battery pack.

Attach battery pack clip

Push the clip down into the vertical slots in the Bottom Chassis Plate so it snaps in place.

Snapping battery pack clip into the RedBot

Route the barrel jack cable out of the left side of the RedBot and up to the Mainboard. If you have a motor encoder (SIK), make sure that the cable does not interfere with the magnet or the hall effect sensor.

Plug the barrel jack cable into the connector labeled V_IN.

Plug in the batteries

Changing the Batteries

If you find that you need to replace the batteries in the RedBot, the process is simple. Unplug the battery pack from the Mainboard.

Unplug the batteries

Turn the RedBot over and push on the Battery Holder through the hole in the Bottom Chassis Plate. This will cause the Battery Pack Clip to unsnap from the Bottom Chassis Plate.

Push on battery pack to unsnap it

Slide the Battery Pack and Clip out from the back of the RedBot.

Remove battery pack and clip

Change the batteries, and follow the steps in Attach Battery Pack section above to put the Battery Pack back in the RedBot.

10. Run It!

Now that we have built the RedBot, we should verify that it works. If you would like a more in-depth explanation of how to program your robot, visit the Experiment Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis. This will work with the RedBot Basic Kit as well as the RedBot SIK.

Install Drivers

To program your robot right from your browser, you will first need to install some FTDI drivers. Follow the steps in How to Install FTDI Drivers to do that.

How to Install FTDI Drivers

June 4, 2013

How to install drivers for the FTDI Basic on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Install Arduino

Note: This example assumes you are using the latest version of the Arduino IDE on your desktop. If this is your first time using Arduino, please review our tutorial on installing the Arduino IDE.

If you have not previously installed an Arduino library, please check out our installation guide.

Install RedBot Library

We have written our own library to simplify the programming and interface to the RedBot motors, encoders, sensors, and other peripherals. You'll need the SparkFun RedBot Arduino Library. You can obtain these libraries through the Arduino IDE's Library Manager. Search for Sparkfun RedBot Library to install the latest version. If you prefer downloading the archived library from the GitHub repository and manually installing it, you can grab them here:

Power the RedBot

To program the RedBot, make sure you have the FTDI drivers from above installed. Plug in the RedBot using a USB mini cable.

Plug in to RedBot with a USB cable

Turn the RedBot POWER switch to ON and the MOTOR switch to RUN.

RedBot POWER switch

Upload Test Code

language:c
/***********************************************************************
 * Exp2_DriveForward -- RedBot Experiment 2
 * 
 * Drive forward and stop.
 * 
 * Hardware setup:
 * The Power switch must be on, the motors must be connected, and the board must be receiving power 
 * from the battery. The motor switch must also be switched to RUN.
 *
 * 23 Sept 2013 N. Seidle/M. Hord
 * 04 Oct 2014 B. Huang
 ***********************************************************************/

#include <RedBot.h>  // This line "includes" the RedBot library into your sketch.
// Provides special objects, methods, and functions for the RedBot.

RedBotMotors motors; // Instantiate the motor control object. This only needs
// to be done once.

void setup()
{
  motors.drive(255);   // Turn on Left and right motors at full speed forward.
  delay(2000);         // Waits for 2 seconds
  motors.stop();       // Stops both motors
}

void loop()
{
  // Nothing here. We'll get to this in the next experiment.
}

In the Arduino IDE, select "Arduino UNO" for the board. Select COM port for the RedBoard (this will be the number or name that appears when you plug in the RedBoard). Then click upload.

WARNING: If the MOTOR switch is set to RUN, the RedBot will move forward (quite rapidly) for 2 seconds. You might want to pick the RedBot up so that it doesn't run away from you!

The RedBot will drive forward for only 2 seconds and then stop. If you want to run the code again, you will need to press the RESET button on the RedBot Mainboard.

Resources and Going Further

What a rock star! With all that building, we bet you are ready to start cruising. We recommend continuing to the Experiment Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis to learn how to program your new robot friend.

Experiment Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

May 28, 2015

This Experiment Guide offers nine experiments to get you started with the SparkFun RedBot. This guide is designed for those who are familiar with our SparkFun Inventor's Kit and want to take their robotics knowledge to the next level.

Upgrades

You might have noticed some odd-looking hole patterns in the top plate and side struts. The RedBot's chassis is manufactured to accept Actobotics parts. Feel free to add other mounts, gimbals, servos, and claws!

Actobotics upgrades!

Resources

GitHub repositories: