Magbot Introduction


I was given a great MagBook by Jonathan Parkyn called How to Build a Robot which although is a UK magazine, it’s still a great resource to get started in robotics and I thought I’d give it a try as I haven’t played with motors before.

Bill of Materials

The provided BOM in the magazine has a few slight differences; they recommended a kit that contained similar components to these however I purchased them separately.

Components I already owned:

  • Arduino Uno R3 microcontroller (Already Owned)
  • Jumper wires (Already Owned)
  • Breadboard

Other components:

  • Arduino motor shield R3 ($40.78 - RS Components)
  • Robot Car Chassis ($13.12 - eBay)
  • Ultrasonic module HC-SR04 ($1.35 - eBay)
  • Arduino-compatible analogue joystick ($1.58 - eBay)
  • 2.1 x 5.5mm Male DC Power Plug to 9V Battery clip (x2 $1.05 - eBay)
  • Switched 4xAA battery pack ($1.69 - eBay)

Components otherwise in the kit:

  • GL5516 5mm Light Dependent Resistor (x20 $1.04 - eBay)
  • VS1838 Universal Infrared Receiving Head (x10 $1.57 - eBay)
  • PCB Mount tactile push button switch (x10 $1.00 - eBay)
  • DC Infrared remote control ($1.46 - eBay)
  • 5V Electromagnetic Piezo Active Buzzer (x10 $2.25 - eBay)

Just to play with (not used in final robot):

  • Towerpro SG90 micro servo 9g (x4 $8.85 - eBay)

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I basically just like to make things.