ROBOTIC VEHICLE KITS
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Robotic Vehicle Kits
How will one describe ROBOTS? A machine working on one or more computer languages used especially to carry out complex work and controlled by humans. Therefore, robotics is as one can guess a branch of study in engineering with the research field in computer science. It exclusively deals with making technological advancements in the robot to assist humans in day to day life. The robots involve a great deal of time, money, and undoubtedly big brains. All these we are talking about are highly advanced machines. However, multiple things are lying around us that are robots but not specifically said so, right from the smart refrigerator, smart home, and smartphone to what not. Let’s assume the word ‘smart’ is a fancy way of saying robots and sounds more friendly.
For a long time in history we have been using some kind of vehicles, started from rolling logs down the hill to the vehicle which can caver a great deal of distances in a very short amount of time i.e. airplanes. Everyone fancies about vehicles but not more than the engineering enthusiast. For them, it’s one such ladder that has countless possibilities of innovating in ways not many of us out there can even think of, need not be complex always.
Now, what better way for engineers or for anyone who is fascinated in such fields can be than to combine the two topics of robotics and vehicles and make one spectacular piece of engineering that can be used in many ways possible. That thought leads to robotic vehicle kits.
WHAT ARE ROBOTIC VEHICULAR KITS?
As the name suggests these are kits available to make a robot out of the provided material. These Kits are a complete package of many components which are required to specifically make robotic vehicle. The robotic vehicles kits are what one might say an easy tutorial to get you started in this. The kits contain various essential components which are to be assembled to form one complete piece of work. These components generally comprise of
- Power sources
- Black tape
- Multicolor ribbon cable.
The above-mentioned components are essential, meaning their presence necessary and vital for robotic vehicular kits. The sensors help the vehicle to sense and form a path along which it can travel or avoid any obstacle, motors are used to provide the motion to the body, the tape is required to hold wire and other components together, the multi-color ribbon cable is used for its ease of usability and not to get confused with other wires. For emergencies, the kit also provides you with zip tags which can be used to tie up things for the moment.
So naturally, these are kits available out there that one might easily get their hands on when required. The kits are available in many stores named under electronics and electric work. Apart from that, the kits are also made available online on various sites such as amazon, Robu.in, adafruit.com, robotshop.com particularly dealing with kits only. The sites offer many different components such as Arduino kits (reprogrammable chips using simple lines of coding), one of the necessary components.
WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ROBOTIC VEHICLE KITS AVAILABLE?
The kits are easy to assemble if one knows what they are doing. The easiest one to get is line follower. The robot assembled has 2 wheels at least and a body resembling the same as pull carts, and the Arduino chip is placed wherever and completely upon the assembly. The chip can be programmable to simplify tasks such as to move forward, backward spin about a point. Also as the name suggests it can also be programmable to follow a line.
Apart from these, there are many kits available, some of them are mentioned below
- Ultrasonic Intelligent Bluetooth Robot Car Kit
- Raptor soccer robot kit
- Multi-functional 4WD robot
- Hexapod spider robot kit
- Cligo smart robot kit
- Bluster beginner robot
WHICH VEHICULAR KIT BEGINNERS SHOULD ONE OPT FOR?
This is one of the most common questions among the beginner and also for the newbies in this field, and yes they are not all to be blamed for this. Of the hundreds of the kits available out there having thousands of components, selecting the appropriate one for the first time can be confusing and mind twirling. But no need to stress about it at all. For exactly this concern there are many kits available specifically named – starter kits. Some of them are mentioned below-
- Elegoo smart robot
- Makeblock mbot kit
- UCTRONICS robot kit
- Robolink rokit smart kit
- Adept smart car kit
WHAT EXACTLY IS A BEGINNER KIT?
All of us are pretty much disappointed and disheartened if we fail in executing something, so we should select wisely whilst getting a kit from any store or any online platform. Select the starting kit based on some of the points mentioned below-
- Go for budget-friendly- there are tons of kits to choose from. Get yourself an easy-going kit; keep looking as to what suits your beginner kit. Get enough experience so that you can enjoy making complex kits in the future.
- Components- there are many ways of building a robotic vehicle based on the components you have at your disposal. So for the beginning go for lesser components and make a list of components that are crucial to the making.
WHY GO FOR ROBO VEHICULAR KITS?
The kits ensure that there are exactly necessary components in the right quantity. Instead of going for separate components, that way it’ll cost you more, also the quantity available is in large as compared to what you might actually use. The kits are specifically designed to need the requirement of that particular project and thus the quantity offered is more than enough to get through. Apart from all this, there are also kits which don’t deal with the whole package, suppose you have all hardware components like wires, Arduino chips, battery, etc., but lag in chassis of the vehicle, then there are kits which offer just that.