The PICAXE Microbot Programmable Robot is a simple to assemble kit that uses a unique design which requires no soldering of wires to build and/or reconfigure a versatile robot. At the heart of the Microbot is a motherboard which contains a powerful PICAXE 20X2 microcontroller which can be programmed using flowcharts using the 'Logicator for PICAXE' software or in the PICAXE BASIC language. The Microbot can be programmed on Windows, Linux and Mac computer systems. Programs are downloaded via the AXE027 USB cable (purchase separately).
The Microbot motherboard is also fitted with a battery box, 2 motors to create movement, a piezo sounder to make sounds, two LED 'eyes', a push switch and a download socket for connecting the AXE027 USB programming cable. Various input/output modules can also be easily connected to the motherboard via the unique patented 'microbric edge' and connector 'bric'. A 'microbric edge' consists of three conductors (+ V, 0V and Data). The plastic bric is used to connect two 'microbric edges' together and then clamping nut/bolts are used to complete the electrical connection and to physically hold the assembly together.
The Microbot is designed to run at 4.5V from 3 x AAA (LR03, 24A) size batteries (not supplied). Good quality alkaline batteries are recommended. Always ensure the batteries are connected to the correct way around.