With millions of hackers and makers worldwide and counting, how many of these starts building robots using a simple wheeled kit? Most probably, the answer at this question is a number with six zeros. With such a large market, several companies released a variety of robot kits for beginners with many features and a wide range of platforms.
Scamper is a new omni-wheels robot kit designed in mind for students and hobbyists. The kit includes all components to build a wheeled robot right from the box.
Do you have electronics and programming skills feature? If yes, then you can upgrade the kit with additional components. If not, you can also work with the robot even you don’t have programming or soldering skills.
The brain of the robot is a ComMotion controller that uses two ATmega8A processors engineered to communicate with each other and any external controller using the I2C protocol.
The FTDI header allows additional components such as LCD display or Bluetooth module. More than that, for wireless control can be attached in the controller socket a Xbee module.
Programming Scamper is like working with any other Arduino-like robot, and this is because the two ATmega8A processors can be re-programmed using an ISP programmer sample code and the Arduino IDE.
Scamper is featured enough to make a line following or maze solving robot. The kit is nicely packed with many components, but the $259 price is a little bit high for a beginner kit.
Scamper spinning line follower