- Setting up the Arduino Software
- Centering your 9G Servo
- Geekbot Assembly Guides
- Wiring the Geekbot
- Testing the Geekbot
- Geekbot Demo Code
This guide will teach you how to setup and use your RobotGeek Geekbot Core or Basic Kit.
If you're looking for the old Geekbot Getting Started and Assembly guides, you can find them here
This guide will refer to the RobotGeek Geekduino, the Arduino Compatible microcontroller recommended for use with RobotGeek products. However this kit will also work with the Arduino Uno, or other Arduino variants like the Seeeduino.
The Geekbot Getting Started Guide and Assembly Guides cover everything you'll need to know to get your Geekbot up and running, but if you'd like to learn more in depth information about wiring, mounting, and writing your own code, check out RobotGeek 101
If you have not already set up your Geekduino/ Arduino compatible board, please see the Geekduino Getting Started Guide. This guide will assist you in getting set up with the Arduino software as well as install the RobotGeek Libraries.
If you have the RobotGeek Geekbot Basic Kit, centering your 9G mini servo is a necessary step before you start building your Geekbot. To begin centering your servos, we're going to have to set up your test rig. This is incredibly easy to do with a RobotGeek Sensor Shield, which was included in the Geekbot Basic Kit. Start by attaching your Sensor Shield to your Geekduino/Arduino Compatible board. Slot the bottom pins of the RobotGeek Sensor Shield into the terminals in the top of the Geekduino. Note how the boards seat evenly on top of each other, and the pins line up exactly. Be careful not to bend the pins.
|Device||Sensor Shield Port|
For assembly in the Geekbot Basic, you will need to set the 9G servo to 90°. The following sketch will move the servo to about 65°, then to about 115%deg; and finally stop at 90°. If you would like to re-start the process, either reset the Geekduino or unplug/plug the power into the unit.
File -> Sketchbook -> RobotGeek Sketches -> Tools -> centerServo
In the video below we show the servo with a horn attached so that it is easy to see the movement. You do not need to attach your horn at this time (you will do this in the assembly guide).
Note: The RobotGeek Continuous Rotation Servos (Wheel Servos) included do NOT need to be centered.
See this page for more information and a video on centering servos.