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I created this Instructable for the absolute n00by robot wannabe. I have noticed a huge jump in the number of beginners getting into the hobby and the number of "how do I" questions seem to be mounting. Maybe this humble little Instructable will help one or two create their first robot. You will find basic source code at the end of this Instructable.

Don't panic at the number of steps... I broke the robot down into many tiny little steps for ease of following.

This little robot is nothing more than a simple plywood platform that carries a couple of modified model airplane servos as the main drive system, a microcontroller and a IR sensor. I designed in plenty of room to expand and add on. You should be able to build it in about 3 hours if you have the parts on hand.

The microcontroller I chose is the OOPic R. I picked this micro because the dozens of built in objects and sample codes make it easy for the beginner to get up and running quickly. They can be found from any of the major robot parts suppliers for usually less than 60 bucks. Get the starter kit as it has a programming cable and battery clip included.
You can use any microcontroller as long as you can plug a servo directly into it (that shortens the list, lol).

The servos listed are all Hitec HS-311 model airplane servos found at nearly any hobby shop for less than 10 bucks in some cases.

The IR sensor is a Sharp GP2D12 Analog unit available from Digikey (www.digikey.com). Any of the GP2D12XXX analog series will do the job.

The Tailwheel is a simple Dubro .20-.40 model airplane 1" wheel with mount. Pick one up at the hobby shop where you get your servos.

The wood base is a scrap piece of 1/4 inch birch plywood and the servo / sensor mount is a scrap piece of just about anything wooden. I used a piece of fir.

I made the billet aluminum wheels myself but you can use any wheel designed for servo attachment.

The rest of the robot consists of a few screws and some electrical standoffs.

Without the SPECAIL add on at the end it cost me about $95.00 USD. The special step adds about 50 bucks.

Be nice as it is my first Instructable.
 
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kronnicbot7 months ago
Good day, I am stephen k. Paul, I live in Nigeria. Am so much interested in robotics, but unfortunately for me, I can't lay my hands on some components. So pls if you guys can help me get some robot stuffs, I will be glad. If u accept my request pls reply me and then I will give you full details of myself. Alot of people needs these robots but only few builders are available who cannot lay their hands on components.pls I need your help to help others. Thanks.

cool i too am a nigerian tho i live in the caribbean.bless the lord.i have an old computer power source but i dont no what to do with it. ask random people for old appliances.you find many awesome things with those.

Daena Damonse7 months ago

Very interesting, really got me into robotics!

can you say which software should i use to write the program ?

Trapper519 months ago

i just made an account to favorite it..

cant wait till u get updated version :D

BIGBUG (author) 1 year ago
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS READ, COMMENTED OR FAVORITED MY SSBR 'IBLE. WOW, NEARLY 100,000 VIEWS! COOL!

I am working on an updated version even as I type this... please fav me so you can see it pop up in a few days.

Thanks again. Oh, and thank you special, Nicole.
Robot_N00B1 year ago
Where do u get the parts?can u give us a website?And about how much does it cost?
BIGBUG (author)  Robot_N00B1 year ago
News version coming soon....
Hanan20021 year ago
Where should I paste these source codes?
BIGBUG (author)  Hanan20021 year ago
Unless you accidentally have an oopic and IDE for it, the source code is not longer usable. Arduino version coming soon...
did you model it after a boe bot? thats awsome
BIGBUG (author)  TheParacorder1 year ago
LOL The first rendition of the SSBR was waaaay before the Boe...
Geekaton1 year ago
Is this a wall avoiding robot??
BIGBUG (author)  Geekaton1 year ago
Obstacle, in general.
anhaarajaz1 year ago
Please give me a link to bye all these parts
BIGBUG (author)  anhaarajaz1 year ago
I am redoing this 'ible with updated parts... coming soon.
Sassah1221 year ago
Awesome
BIGBUG (author)  Sassah1221 year ago
Thank you!
nice robot real...
BIGBUG (author)  anurag rock1 year ago
Thank you!
jleslie481 year ago
is this how to "modify the servo"

http://www.simkits.com/downloads/documents/Modify%20a%20servo%20HS-322.pdf
vicky6664 years ago
what is a Dubro .20-.40 RC Airplane Tailwheel assmbly because it is the only thing i haven't got!THNX!
BIGBUG (author)  vicky6664 years ago
V666,

You will find it in the pictures and in the assembly instructions. If you need to buy one try this link for the bracket --> http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXD850&P=7 and this link for the wheel --> http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXD811&P=M . Both are usually available in any good local hobby store.

Don't forget, you can use any microcontroller that you have to control this robot. Let me know if you need help when it gets to that point.

I always enjoy a new rating... (hint) lol 

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tmj61 BIGBUG3 years ago
Hi BIGBUG

you say we can use any microcontroller we want? Will your code work with an arduino?
BIGBUG (author)  tmj613 years ago
Sure, although not sure why you would wanna use one... but hey that is just me.

Check this out --> http://oopicraptor.blogspot.com/
Oopic seems to be a lot more expensive than the arduino, and pretty much dead as far as commercial support/development goes.

These days you can build a functioning USB based Arduino for under $5 (~2.50 if you do without the USB to UART).  See http://shrimping.it/blog for more info.  If you can do this project then you can probably build the Shrimp too pretty easily.
ajapope BIGBUG2 years ago
i need your help ASAP
ajapope2 years ago
HI I LIVE IN THE USA AND I CAN`T FIND A LINK TO BUY THE OOPIC R MICROCONTROLLER......... CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!


MY E-MAIL IS uaqtpi@yahoo.com

thanks :)
rsmaudsley2 years ago
The referenced website above it just a web development company. Nowhere to order robotic parts.

I like this project and I've been wanting to get in to robotics and Arduino.
Hi , i am from india and i want to know where can i get the parts of robbot because i can't afford t buy anything from abroad
Same problem here too,bro..
its not about the affordability, they wont just ship you some common parts!! :(
And its very hard to find 'em in India! :(
http://robokits.co.in
deen abdul2 years ago
for what this robots is mainly used for?
I'd say for fun. But they may develop into some project which really does useful stuff. It's only limited by one's imagination.
deen abdul2 years ago
for this kind of robots are mainly used for?
BIGBUG (author) 3 years ago
Just a note for my fans... I have started the process of kitting this robot. All aluminum chassis, ooPic basic language controller and a built in speech system.

Watch my website for details: http://babblebot.net
i want to make this in a pc mouse housing, im going to use dc motor and i was wondering if you could help me with the elektric part cuz im good in programing.
so i need the brai to be small. could you like tell me which one to get or how to make it?? THX
spazgadget3 years ago
MWAHAHAHAHA! mine has a HAMMER!
vicky6664 years ago
have u got a simpler robot than this as i need to make 1 in school for a project.
BIGBUG (author)  vicky6664 years ago
Yes I do, several matter of fact.

What do you want, SIMPLE or CHEAP?

What do you want it to do?

What do you know about robotics?

What do you know about programming?

What is the goals?

Answer by private message please

BIGBUG
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