The Parallax Boe-Bot Robot Kit - USB Version is popular robot kit, which is available with a USB-compatible Board of Education (BOE) at no additional cost. Programming the BASIC Stamp via USB is an effective solution for laptops and newer PCs which have no serial ports (no more adapters are required). The USB driver installation instructions are available for download in useful links section. Over 90,000 Boe-Bot robots are used by hobbyists, educators and students around the world, which provides lots of feedback for improvements to this popular kit.
The Andy Lindsay's Robotics with the Boe-Bot text includes 41 activities for the Boe-Bot Robotics text with structured PBASIC 2.5 source code support and bonus challenges with solutions in each chapter. Starting with basic movement and proceeding to sensor-based projects, customers quickly learn how the Boe-Bot is expandable for many different robotic projects. No previous robotics, electronics or programming experience is required while using these activities.
The Boe-Bot Robot is built on a high-quality brushed aluminum chassis that provides a sturdy platform for the continuous rotation servo motors and BASIC Stamp® USB Board of Education. Many mounting holes and slots may be used to add custom robotic equipment or off-the-shelf Parallax add-ons. The rear wheel is a slider ball held in place with a cotter pin. The drive wheels are molded to fit precisely on the servo spline and held in place with a small screw.
The BASIC Stamp microcontroller's flexibility of programming when coupled with breadboard circuit construction is the uniqueness of Boe-Bot unique. Along with this the Boe-Bot users quickly learn about embedded projects, from wiring and components to programming and mechanical dependencies. The kit includes a set of passive components (wires, resistors, capacitors), sensors (photoresistors, bumpers, infrared sensors) and hardware (whisker touch-sensor kit) to complete the different projects.
The Boe-Bot Robot takes about 1-2 hours to put together, though each project in the Robotics text provides a unique new experience of wiring and source code tuning. Completing the entire set of projects takes 50 hours and is suitable for anybody over 12 years of age. The USB Board of Education (and BS2-IC) may also be removed to be used as your platform for the other kits in the Stamps in Class series.
After mastering the basics, Boe-Bot Robot accessories let you branch out into new activities, such as making your Boe-Bot talk with a speech board, adding infrared remote control, maze contests, line following, interfacing direction sensors, and using RF modules and video/camera equipment to build a Video-Bot. Boe-Bot accessories are all sold separately, and are available through the Robot Accessories page below.
Note: Item contains a CdS cell photoresistor. The RoHS exemption request status for CdS cells is currently unclear; there are no RoHS-compliant exact replacement devices available.
*Requires 4x AA batteries and a PC running Windows XP or more recent