There are many designs for little two-wheeled robots available to download for constructors with an interest in simple robotics. You might even think there are so many that there could not possibly be room for another, but that has not deterred [Rob Miles]. He’s created HullPixelBot, a platform for a mobile pixel as well as for simple robotic experimentation.
So what makes HullPixelBot more than just Yet Another Arduino Powered Robot? For a start, it’s extremely well designed, and has a budget of less than £10 ($12.50). But the real reason to take notice lies in the comprehensive software, which packs in a language interpreter and MQTT endpoint for talking to an Azure IoT hub. This is much more than a simple Arduino bot on which you must craft your own sketches, instead, it is a platform for which the Arduino bot is merely the carrier.
The project has had quite a while to mature since its initial release, and now has the option of a single pixel or a ring of pixels. The eventual aim is to use swarms of networked HullPixelBots to create large autonomous moving pixel displays, containing more than a hundred individual pixels.
There is an early video of some PixelBots in action which we’ve placed below the break, but it serves more as eye candy than anything else. If you have a spare ten quid, download and print yourself a chassis, install Arduino and motors, and have a go yourself!
We’ve certainly come a long way since the days when a cheap Arduino robot cost $100.
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From their website “The electrical parts will cost you around 10 pounds.” The 3d printed parts are not included in that price but they will make them for you if you are a Hull student.
Thanks for the shout out. You might like to know that I’m doing a robotics lecture in rhyme accompanied by a bunch of dancing Hull Pixelbots in aid of Comic Relief at the end of March. There are links to the event (and how to sponsor me) on the web site.
I think it was over twenty years ago I last saw one of your lectures in rhyme. Anyone else: if you’re within reach of Hull, worth the trip.
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