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This cool project is for high school students or any hobbyist who wants to make a cool robot.
I was trying to make an interactive robot long time but making one is not easy if you don't know any electronics or special programming languages. Now there is a programming language called nqBASIC, that is totally free, to make your very own robot.

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Step 1: What you need?

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You will need some parts for this cool project.

1) Go and find an RC car that has two DC motor in it. I found a very cheap car called thunder tumbler for $12.
Picture is below.

2) You will need a Servo Sensor controller card called SSMI. Here is the link to get it

3) You will need a micro controller for this board called NanoCore12DX

4) You need two sensor if you want to make your robot interactive

5) Serial cable to connect your computer to your robot to program.

6) A cool robot language developed for this product is called nqBASIC. Go to and download for free. You can also ask questions from their forum.

7) 4 AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable)

Step 2: Take RC car apart

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1) I took out all of the electronics. Cut cables from the controller unit inside the RC car,
leaving only the battery, because it was just right to power the SSMI (Servo/Sensor/Motor Interface Board for NanoCore12DX ).

Step 3: Attached DC cables and battery cables

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The R/C car's two DC motors already had cables on them so I attached them to the pluggable connectors (comes with SSMI board) on my SSMI. I did the same with the battery cable.

eroltopkaya (author) 4 years ago
This is a full featured application card, not only servo controller. Has breadboard, special connectors for servo,dc,distance measuring sensor,ultrasonic sensor, power regulator etc. etc. lots of feature.

If  you think its expensive there is a cheaper way to do it.

Here is the link.

You have to do some wiring.

Best Regards.

D5quar34 years ago
 how come the servo controller costs more than the micro controller?