Wireless RC Robot with Arduino and XBees

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Introduction

In this tutorial, we will expand on the SIK for RedBot to control a robot wirelessly with XBee radios! We'll explore a different microcontroller and wirelessly control the RedBot at a distance. Beware, we'll need to solder the wireless controller together.

Wireless Joystick Controlling 3 Robots Simultaneously

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

Tools

You will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories. If you have not soldered before, we suggest looking at the tool kits. You will also need a wire stripper and some wire depending on the XBees that you are using.

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

TOL-14456
$14.95
7
Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

TOL-09163
$3.50
2
Hook-up Wire - White (22 AWG)

Hook-up Wire - White (22 AWG)

PRT-08026
$2.50
1

Wire Strippers - 20-30AWG

TOL-14763
3 Retired

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Working with Wire

How to strip, crimp, and work with wire.

Assembly Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

Assembly Guide for the RedBot Kit. This tutorial includes extra parts to follow to go along with the RedBot Inventor's Kit tutorial.

Exploring XBees and XCTU

How to set up an XBee using your computer, the X-CTU software, and an XBee Explorer interface board.

Experiment Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

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.

Wireless Joystick Hookup Guide

A hookup guide for the SparkFun Wireless Joystick Kit.