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element14 community launches eBook on Arduino, robotics

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Community members also given the opportunity to participate in the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W RoadTest

element14, an Avnet Community, has released a new eBook that provides an overview of how to get started in robotics using the Arduino platform. This eBook covers the basics from development to implementation, discussing the hardware and interfaces, programming an Arduino, examples of robotics projects, and much more.

Arduino is an open-source hardware, software and content platform that has powered thousands of users, be it beginners or seasoned engineers over the years, enabling them to create projects ranging from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. Unlike most previous programmable circuit boards in decades past, Arduino does not need a separate piece of hardware to program and upload code to the board; instead users simply use a pre-programmed SD card, or they connect the board to a computer.

In this eBook, you will learn why the Arduino is a great choice for a robotics platform. Arduino has a wide range of options for robotics applications, with a variety of base Arduino boards available and many expansion options to add features and functionality. Arduino can be used to create handheld gaming consoles, soil monitors, home automation systems, and more. The new eBook explores how all that has been made possible.


Some of the best projects to help further your growth in the exciting, and now accessible, field of smart robotics, include:

  • Midhun_s’ Self Balancing RobotThis Self Balancing Robot is a great entry-level build, and can remain upright even while moving and avoiding obstacles in its path. The tiny 4-inch-tall robot was designed around the Arduino Pro Mini and uses an MPU6050 accelerometer-gyroscope module to maintain balance
  • Technovation’s Arduino Controlled Robotic Biped is a compact robot driven by the Arduino Uno. The build is a great example of how a bipedal robot is designed and constructed using readily available hardware, besides its 3D printed legs. The Arduino Uno is responsible for computing the motion paths of the robot’s various gaits, and it instructs the actuators to move to precise angles and speeds to create a smooth walking motion
  • Petoi’s OpenCatThe OpenCat robotic cat is one of the more complex builds to take advantage of the Arduino. In its current form, the OpenCat uses a Raspberry Pi 3 Model Bto control the robot’s higher functions and sensing capabilities, including sonic sensors and LiDAR for navigation. The Pi is paired with an Arduino Pro Mini tasked to control the cat’s motion, which is driven by 13 MG92B servos and a single MG91 servo. While it lacks the agility of living felines, the OpenCat is programmed with multiple gates, object detection/avoidance, motion tracking, and facial recognition. It can even purr when it’s petted.

For more information on Arduino and Robotics, please check out our resources here, and to read the full eBook, please visit element14.com.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W RoadTest for Smart Home and IoT Projects

 element14, has also teamed up with Raspberry Pi to give community members the opportunity to participate in the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W RoadTest, where they will get the chance to try out the new product and share their experience with their fellow community members.

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi’s range of inexpensive and compact single-board computers. As the Raspberry Pi Zero W successor, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a form factor-compatible drop-in replacement for the original board. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is perfect for a range of smart home applications and other IoT projects, including:

  • Wi-Fi security cameras
  • Internet radio players and smart speakers
  • Portable game consoles
  • Smart alarm clocks
  • Drones

The element14 RoadTest is a product review program administered by the element14 Community to provide objective opinions about a product’s quality, ease of use, and performance. The RoadTests deliver a detailed review by engineers who share the full experience of the product through videos, charts, screenshots, tables, graphs and other multimedia.



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