Featured on HackadayMake Magazine now it's going to the 2011 Maker Faire!!

Be sure to check out my new instructable , the 'little Tank'!Really nice tracked design complete with cut files!

update: I've had so much response on this instructable, thanks to all. If you end up making one, please let me know! I'd love to put your work on my website!

New new update - The Electric Turtle is going to the 2011 Makers Faire in New York with the LMR (lets Make Robots) exhibit!!!

5" robotic platform, setup for Picaxe or Arduino with sonar ranging mast. This one currently does obstacle avoidance. 90 degree radian etched into the top plate to make turn calibration far easier.

Many battery configurations possible, including lipo (with a regulator) - the deck is spaced to accommodate a large range of power sources.

Designed and made in response to the poorly made/designed commercial offerings - this thing uses I-Beam construction - you can stand on it.

Nice platform to pickup and run with, applicable to many configurations and adaptable to multiple purposes.


Offset ranging mast is provided with cutouts for the ping (what I had on hand), but I put placement holes for several popular models on there as well - tried to make it as universal as possible. Standard IR sensors should fit if you choose to go that route.

Motor configuration is for a Tamiya 70097 motor/gearbox combo - placement holes are in the chassis for either the high or low ratio build configuration of the gearbox. Wheels are Tamiya 70145's.

Capability to use standard servo or micro servo with adapter plate (included).

  Here are laser cut parts kits if you'd rather not cut your own -

Lets make robots! is an excellent resource for DIY robotics as well.



The Electric Turtle is going to the 2011 Maker Faire!!!
wtf no code?, though just trying to sell the kits....lol
Hi Sir, I tried opening the .dxf file in Adobe illustrator. All I saw were very very tiny images. I had a similar problem when I tried Open Office Draw. Is there a problem with the files? Is there another place I can download from? Looks like a really great and fun project and I'd like to make some to use for an Arduino class at our local hackerspace.
what program did you use to program it?
I have posted a nice review of this product on my blog. <br>http://ignoblegnome.blogs pot.com/2012/02/introduction-last-september.html
It's officially official!!!!! The Electric Turtle is on every continent in the world. There is even a turtle that was air dropped to GPS cords in the Amazon!!
Thanks for sending your Electric Turtle robot to Maker Faire with us. It looked and worked great! I think people really liked it.
Thank you so much for taking him with you! He's quickly becoming a well traveled turtle :-)
Can you give me th ardunio coding for this robot<br>
Drop by www.letsmakerobots.com - there are many examples of arduino code, and quite a few will work with this robot with some modification.
Yeah can you please give me a link to one that works please
Very cool!! Really nice cutting files as well. Any chance of posting code?? Maybe?
Thanks! Sure, I'll post some code. It's kind of a hodgepodge from several sources, some mine and some not.. but it works. It's for a Picaxe 28x1.
file is located on the &quot;wiring diagram / code for Picaxe&quot; page.
Here you go - filename is electric_turtle.bas
has it become &quot;self aware&quot; yet? <br><br>Incase of rouge AI remember to use a paradox! or atleast that's what portal taught me
Not yet... but we're waiting...

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