What is RobotGeek?

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The RobotGeek system is a platform for learning about and building your own Arduino Inventions. All of the RobotGeek hardware and electronic components are designed to be modular, allowing you to easily configure, customize, reconfigure and build your project. You can start with our RobotGeek Experimenter's Kits and Robot Kits or build your own custom project form the ground up. We even have a wide variety of open source demo code and tutorials to help you learn about programming your Arduino compatible microcontroller.

The RobotGeek System is so easy to use for three reasons: a unified mounting system, easy wiring, and the Arduino platform.

Mounting

The RobotGeek system is designed around the centimeter grid. This means that we've designed our I/O boards to easily mount onto any hole pattern that matches the centimer grid. Our Workbenches and robots all include this pattern. For other boards that don't align to the grid, we've built a variety of adaptor mounting plates. We also have a variety of building materials that work with the centimeter grid, like brackets, plates, nuts/bolts, standoffs and more.

Wiring

The RobotGeek Sensor Shield allows you to easily plug in different I/O boards using a simple 3/4-pin cable. This cable provides power and data to/from the Arduino. We also have a variety of adaptor cables for attaching 3rd party sensors like Grove, Phidgets Adafruit, and Sparkfun.

Arduino

Arduino is the name of an open source platform designed to aid and encourage the development of physical computing. This is accomplished using a software platform (The Arduino IDE) which can program a microcontroller (a small embedded computer), referred to ad the Arduino Hardware. Once programmed, the Arduino Hardware can act independently, taking in data through electronic sensors and reacting to that data with a variety of electronic outputs.

The RobotGeek System leverages the Arduino Platform to run your projects. You can use our RobotGeek Geekduino board, or any other Arduino compatible board like the Arduino Uno.

RobotGeek Fundamentals

Arduino
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Arduino is the name for an open source software/hardware system for programming physical computing devices. The Arduino IDE (Integrated Developer Environment) is the name of the software used to program Arduino compatible Hardware. This software runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. Using the Arduino IDE you can program a variety of official Arduino Compatible hardware which can then run independently of your computer. The IDE can be expanded to support new hardware and add on modules like the RobotGeek Geekduino and I/O boards.

The Geekduino
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The RobotGeek Geekduino is an Arduino compatible microcontroller build for use with the RobotGeek systems. Once you program your Geekduino, it can autonomously read data from its sensors, control output boards and more. It uses the same main processor (an ATmega 328) as the Arduino Uno and will work with any Arduino Uno / Diecemiella compatible code. The Geekduino also has 2 additional analog inputs and advanced switch settings for alternative projects.

We recommend using the RobotGeek system with the Geekduino, but you can also use an Arduino Uno or any other Arduino Compatible board to run your project.

The Sensor Shield
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The RobotGeek Sensor Shield is an add on board that fits on top of the Geekduino or any other Arduino Uno shaped board. The sensor shield breaks out the Arduino's data pins into easy to use 3-pin/4-pin connections.These connections make it easy to plug in RobotGeek I/O boards, servos and 3rd part sensors. Built with servos in mind, the Sensor Shield has selectable power jumpers to make sure your servos are properly powered.

RobotGeek Servos
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RobotGeek Servos are modular Servo Motors that are perfect for building robots. The rails on the RobotGeek Servos can be connected using RobotGeek Brackets to connect to other servos or to other robotgeek parts. You can plug up to 6 servos directly into the RobotGeek Sensor Shield.

You can use RobotGeek Servos to recreate our Robotic Kits like our Desktop RobotTurret and Snapper Arm, or to make your own custom robot.

RobotGeek I/O boards
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RobotGeek Input / Output boards can be easily mounted and connected to any RobotGeek Kit or workbench. I/O boards can expand your RobotGeek project by adding additional sensors to read data and extra output boards to interact with the world. RobotGeek I/O boards include digital inputs like buttons, digital outputs like LEDs, analog inputs like sliders, and more! Every RobotGeek I/O board comes with the appropriate cable and mounting hardware for the RobotGeek system.

Even if your not using the RobotGeek System and Shield, you can still use RobotGeek I/O boards with standard 5v Arduino Hardware.

RobotGeek Robot Kits

RobotGeek Robot Kits come with everything you need to build your very own programable robot. Once you've built your robot and completed our tutorials, you can customize your robot's hardware with other RobotGeek components, and program new behaviors through the Arduino IDE. Robots can

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RobotGeek Experimenter's Kits

RobotGeek Robot Kits come with everything you need to build your very own programable robot. Once you've built your robot and completed our tutorials, you can customize your robot's hardware with other RobotGeek components, and program new behaviors through the Arduino IDE.

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RobotGeek Robot I/O Boards

RobotGeek I/O boards allow you to easily add input and output functionality to your project with simple 3-pin and 4-pin connections. Just plug the I/O board into your RobotGeek Sensor Shield and you're ready to go! All of the RobotGeek I/O boards are built on the centimeter grid pattern and mount to your robotgeek hardware.

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RobotGeek Robot Modules

We offer a huge variety of RobotGeek Parts and Hardware to make your robot building life easier. From servos and brackets to pumps and wheels, you can combine the RobotGeek Robot parts to create your perfect robot.

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RobotGeek Servos & Actuators

We offer a huge variety of RobotGeek Parts and Hardware to make your robot building life easier. From servos and brackets to pumps and wheels, you can combine the RobotGeek Robot parts to create your perfect robot.

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Third Party Parts

There's a huge number of awesome Arduino compatible products out there, and a lot of them will work with the RobotGeek System! We've got a variety of cables and guides that will help you connect Grove, Phidgets, Sparkfun and other vendor's products up the the RobotGeek Sensor Shield.

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Who is RobotGeek for?

Arduino Experimenters

Maybe you've heard of 'Arduino' and 'Microcontrollers' but still aren't sure what they can do. Or maybe you've got an Arduino Uno and a breadboard, but you're looking for a helping hand to learn about electronics. Either way, if you're interested in learning about Arduino, then the RobotGeek system is the perfect place to start. Our modular parts and great tutorials will get you up and running in no time.

Prototypers

Are you building an awesome new prototype, but you're new to the Arduino world? Or maybe you're an Arduino Pro buy you need something a more stable than a breadboard and more flexible than a hand-soldered protoboard? The RobotGeek system make it simple to plug in whatever electronic boards you need into your Arduino board and mount everything in a clean workbench. You should be worrying the finer details of your board, not whether or not a wire connection is stable.

Educators

Our pre-packaged RobotKits and Experimenter's Kits are great for building curriculum and lesson plans about electronics, programming, and physical computing. The interactive nature of the RobotGeek system will get students excited about learning. Make sure to ask us about our educational discounts!

Students

The RobotGeek system is a great tool for any student learning about microcontrollers and robots. The clean, modular connections keeps your project stable for development and looking great for presentations. RobotGeek kits and boards are also great add-ons to your next competition robot!

Where Should I Start?

To learn more about the RobotGeek System, take a look at the RobotGeek 101 Page. We recommend that anyone using the RobotGeek System go through the first 3 lessons to learn about the RobotGeek System.

Afterwards, if you have a RobotGeek Kit you can check out the Getting Started Guide for your Kit.

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