By Gordon McComb
FIGURE 1. The completed
ArdBot II is a two-deck
expandable desktop robot
using an Arduino Uno
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Back in November 2010, I wrote a multi-part article for SERVO on the ArdBot
— an inexpensive desktop robot made for expansion. Its main goal in life was to
explore a room looking for things to bash into, but hopefully avoid.
The concept of the ArdBot proved popular, and I went about improving the
design with a more slim line version, plus adding new features along the way.
Thus, the ArdBot II was born. In this month's article, I'll introduce the ArdBot II,
and show you full construction plans so you can build your own.
In upcoming installments, I’ll show you how to add not one, but several types
of Arduino boards to the ArdBot II; how to operate it using an inexpensive
infrared remote control; ways to endow it with numerous sensors — among them
multi-sensor ultrasonic and laser range finder — plus more.