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This tutorial will show you how to build Vivus the Robot, an autonomous, self navigating little robot. You can get the Vivus the Robot Kit from the BW Science Labs Store here.
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Step 1: Chassis

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  Your robot kit includes 2 flat wooden boards. Superglue both of these together, one on top of the other. You can use superglue, wood glue, double-sided tape, whatever you have on hand. There, you now have a chassis, or body, that you will build your robot on! You’ll then want to put a piece of double-sided foam tape on each side of your chassis. If you don’t have foam tape, then just about any other adhesive or glue will do the trick.

Step 2: Motor Gearbox

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 Alright, now you’re going to build the motor gearbox. This is the most tedious part, and will test your inner-robot builder. When I put this together my first time it took me about 25 minutes. The important thing is to relax, take it step by step, and not lose any of the tiny pieces.

Here are the side and top views of the gearbox. There are a few ways to piece this together, I recommend that you work from left to right and take it slow.



Step 3: Power to Microcontroller

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 Attack the power clip’s wires to the microcontroller so that the black wire goes into the left slot in the bottom right and corner and the red goes in the slot to the left of the black wire. Screw down the screws so that the wires are held in place. Keep in mind that the microcontroller comes preprogrammed, so you don't have to write any code yourself.

NOTE: you may have received a different type of battery holder, where the wires are built into the box. This works just as well, but you many want to wait until the end to screw in the black and red wires.

Step 4:

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  Place the microcontroller from step 3 to the chassis by sitting it on top of the foam tape.

Step 5: Attach chassis to motor gearbox

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  Place the chassis on top of the dual motor gearbox. Now this is starting to look like a robot!
gharibyus3 years ago
How much power does this need ????
sciguy77 (author)  gharibyus3 years ago
Chowmix125 years ago
i could do the same thing with a capacitor, resistor, transistor, bump switch, dpdt relay, and 2 motors.
ManyuX955 years ago
My brother did something like that, in fact I think it is the same xD, just that the one my brother made had 4 wheels and he used ¿infrared? leds (dont know how to say infrarojo in english)
ims geek5 years ago

Is this your website Sciguy77? Because I don't think I can find the parts in Saudi Arabia. So i will order it and I will include my p.o.box in USA in paypal transaction is that okay? since I don't wanna send it to SA directly.
sciguy77 (author)  ims geek5 years ago
 Sure, that's absolutely fine. Enjoy the kit!
sweet but i caint find the board sold separatly its always back order minimum of 25
sciguy77 (author)  electronic boy5 years ago
 Yeah, also you'd have to program it in BASIC yourself. You could however just go with the kit.