Puzzlebot hacker edition

The PuzzleBot Hacker Edition contains all the essential components needed to quickly access meaningful robotics capabilities (i.e. a programmable, roaming robot) and provides a user-friendly platform for incorporating a wide range of advanced add-on feature-sets.

How does it work?

PuzzleBot Hacker Edition has two main configuration options. Depending on how it is used, the user can select between the following configurations.

PuzzleBot Hacker Edition diagram: view from above (click image to view detail in a new window)

Standalone configuration

  • The user directly programmes the Hacker Board.
  • Libraries for communication with computing units and different sensors and actuators are provided by Manchester Robotics Limited.
  • More peripherals can be attached (e.g. screen, sonar, IR sensor, LiDAR, etc.)
  • Basic control libraries are provided.

External-Control configuration

  • The robot is controlled from an external computing unit.
  • The communication is done via WIFI, the connection is done as a normal hotspot.
  • The internal firmware and libraries for communicating with the robot are provided by Manchester Robotics Limited.
  • The firmware contains libraries for the basic configuration (motors, servomotor, encoders, ultrasonic sensor, LiDAR, IR Reflectance sensor, screen, WIFI communication, etc.)
  • The user has access to a basic web interface for testing by using any browser.
  • MATLAB libraries for communicating with the sensors and actuators are provided by Manchester robotics. MATLAB contains a simulator for simulating the robot and its capabilities. MATLAB does not require any extra libraries for working.
  • LabVIEW libraries for communicating with the sensors and actuators are provided by Manchester Robotics. LabVIEW also contains a simulator with the basic capabilities of the robot. LabVIEW does not require any additional libraries or packages from a third party or NI to work.
PuzzleBot Hacker Edition connected to an external computing unit.
PuzzleBot Hacker Edition with Encoders
PuzzleBot Hacker Edition with Sonar
PuzzleBot Hacker Edition with LiDAR

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