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~ ̶< RoboGuts™ Circuit Board >̶ ~
eBooks w/easy Wire Jumper Diagrams + Program Listings & .STL 3D Printer Files  

A RoboGuts circuit board w/Jmpers, SpeakJet and Audio Amplifier
A RoboGuts circuit board w/Jmpers, SpeakJet and Audio Amplifier

1st Step is to get this campaign funded so all the tooling and setup fees are covered and then we will know the real costs so that we can reduce the price of future RoboGuts circuit boards for everybody including schools and after school programs.  

Have you ever wanted to build a robot but felt it was too difficult?

Have you ever wanted to build a robot but felt it was too expensive?

This is why the RoboGuts™ circuit board was born.

This is why the 3D Printable robot parts were designed.

This is why the eBooks are written.

 Beginner and even Intermediate Roboteers just want to build a robot and not have to spend hours or even days trying to figure out how a sensor works, how to make the sensor connection to their robot controller board and how to program the controller to use the sensor and other components. You don't just build a robot, you learn the easy way how to make it talk and sing so you can program your own speeches and songs into the robots you build using the RoboGuts™ circuit board and any one of the eBooks.

With this kit you barely even need to read; Using the simple easy to follow wiring diagrams you have your RoboGuts™ circuit board ready to control your robot in just a few minutes. You don't need to know anything about electronics just follow the pictures and you will begin to understand the basics leaving more advanced learning for later.   

Sample Jumper Wiring Diagram
Sample Jumper Wiring Diagram

You can see how a simple R/C male to male cable immediately cleans-up wiring the PIR to the BS2 on the RoboGuts™ circuit board. 

Connecting the LED is easy using the bread board block on the left side of the RoboGuts™ circuit board.

Copy/Pasting the program listings; Programming and the simple addition/subtraction math is mostly done. All you do is test and tweak the movements to better fit the components you have. Add another 5ms to a pause, or add another 10mm to a distance measure, or add another 10ms to a motor position.

Typical Program Listing
Typical Program Listing

You don't need to know anything about mechanics; All the part designs are for 3D plastic printing. 

 Everything should fit together well so all you do is assemble the parts and install the components so the robot looks like the picture. This is why the robot designs for the book are kept very simple ... so you just build and not spend a lot of time trying to figure something out. You might take a little time out to paint your robot parts to look more interesting.

miniFloppyBattleBot
miniFloppyBattleBot

The kit is designed to be a build a robot in one day with no previous experience needed.

 OTOH, if you try out all the lessons, read the program listings to see how they work you will learn some basics about electronics, components and programming ... and then you'll be building more and more projects.

What tools do you need?

 A small phillips screwdriver, needle nose pliers, wire cutters and a knife at most ... unless you buy some prefab jumper wires, then you'll only need a small phillips screwdriver.

Worried about cost? Don't worry!

The whole project is aimed at making a robot for anybody almost any age and very affordable.

 Although buying the kit is only the start, you will need a programming platform ... that is a computer to load the MCU chip/module programming software and also a programming board for the chip/modules of you choice. This is where you will spend more money, but this is a one time expense that you will use over and over as you build more and more projects.

 For the Parallax BS2 this could be a Board of Education (BOE, buy a used BOE-Bot kit from somebody that gave up and you get lots of components for your projects at half the price.

 For those that will use a PICAXE chip or module I suggest getting a PICAXE AXE091 Evaluation board ... this will let you program all sorts of different PICAXE chips which are much more affordable than a BOE while being even easier to use and more powerful. Even the PICAXE AXE091 is cheaper to buy new than a used BOE.

 All total, the cost of a PICAXE AXE091 and one of my kits is still at best less than half the cost of most robot kits you can find online or in your local hobby store ... better yet, my eBooks makes it much easy to build a robot ... and once you've played around building the few projects in the eBooks you can build hundreds of different types of robots.

For the Arduino aficionados;

 Yes, if you use an Arduino Uno to program and prototype you can then move the ATMEGA chip off the Arduino Uno and onto the RoboGuts™ circuit board to control your robot saving tons of time figuring out the wiring or how everything will fit. Keeping the Arduino Uno for software development.

 This campaign is to sell an initial 500 RoboGuts™ circuit boards and see if there is a demand for more. We hope to pre-sell as many as possible, but at this time we can only promise to ship the first 500 in time for Christmas 2015. If we sell more than 500 we will try to ship as many as we can for the 2015 Christmas season, but we cannot make a promise of more than the first 500.

A little about the end chapter projects;

 The function of these kits are not unique. You can buy many robot kits online that will perform the same functions, but they don't have the RoboGuts™ circuit board or smaller 3D printer designs for the plastic robot parts to make the robots.

 BillyBot is the primary RoboToons character originally designed just for single frame robot cartoons, but also was based on using mini-Servo motors. BillyBot became a real life character when somebody asked how much the kit cost. That's when this project got started on the path it is. During the prototyping, the design was tweaked several times and there really is no one design because the BillyBot character does have various personalities and requires slightly different body changes to fit those different characters.

 The miniFloppyBots too are all different characters with different faces, slightly different body changes too and after you paint the features on your bot there will never be two exactly the same FloppyBots because they are home hobby 3D printed & painted and not a mass production injection molded products.

BattleBots?

 Yes, there are even a few ideas for child safe BattleBots amongst the miniFloppyBots. The primary projects help lead your imagination to how the little bots might battle either autonomously or via remote control (R/C) like in the big guys BattleBots you see on TV or at many robot competitions.

another miniFloppyBattleBot
another miniFloppyBattleBot

Further Testing 4 miniFloppy BattleBot2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiFwWuQJtj4 

 Initial Weapons Testing 4 miniFloppy BattleBots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5GxSBWOIqo 

 HeadSmasher ... miniBattleBot 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgdulRV4f_U

Partially built up RoboGuts circuit board
Partially built up RoboGuts circuit board

Here is a partially built-up RoboGuts™ for a miniFloppyBot named ScardyBot

SacardyBot near final assembly
SacardyBot near final assembly

Hardly any wiring mess because the RoboGuts™ circuit board makes wiring so easy and neat. You can also see that instead of a voltage regulator, I've chosen to use a 3-AA cell battery pack and just jumper the Vin to Vdd. 

 More details on this and wiring up other sensors and peripherals are in the eBooks or will be posted on the website after the campaign succeeds. 

 Suicidal FloppySumoBot v. ScardyBot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROtKddO39I

BillyBot
BillyBot

BillyBot ... about 17cm tall ... a little cutie that can talk, sing 'n dance with its RoboGuts™ circuit board, a PICAXE 28X2 module and a SpeakJet chip 

 BillyBot and the FloppyBots Sing "This is America" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Jwy-TgyTY 

 I Gotta Get Me Some ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK1Lf2sXfMo 

 the DARPA challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCi7K1K-Vq4

BillyBot + RoboGuts + PICAXE 18M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfRxtnJAn6w

The board as you will get it
The board as you will get it

The RoboGuts™ circuit board - connectors for everything except the voltage regulator.

 The RoboGuts™ circuit board is the fastest and easiest solution to building small 3D printed home hobby robot in once day. The RoboGuts™ circuit board is designed to make all the connections easier, faster and the wiring is much neater than other robot controller boards because the RoboGuts™ circuit board is using standard 3-pin headers and round female headers that connect the micro controller chip to the peripheral components. Now you only have to make a few special cables that are easier to make and much neater than most hobby kits found elsewhere;

Home made IR receiver cable assembly
Home made IR receiver cable assembly

Adding a 330Ω in series and crossing the Red +V with Black Gnd to connect to a IR Receiver.

Two types of battery packs I use
Two types of battery packs I use

Two primary ways to power a RoboGuts™ project.

Looking down into SacardyBot
Looking down into SacardyBot
Just before final assembly
Just before final assembly

RoboGuts™ circuit board fits such a tiny space yet easily allows for so many connections.

Partially assembled RoboGuts board
Partially assembled RoboGuts board

You make your own Power IN cable and Power Switch cable for now.

The RoboGuts™ circuit board is designed to allow for almost any micro controller chip or module (MCU or µController) 2-pins to 28-pins. Even a user more comfortable with Arduino can work on the software development using their Arduino Uno board, then easily move the programmed ATMEGA chip over to the RoboGuts™ circuit board, add a few jumper wires to build up with connections to the sensors, motors and other peripherals and have an Arduino project.

The RoboGuts™ circuit board was designed because there just wasn't any other solution small enough with all the connectors needed to build the small RoboToons character robots and other smaller home hobby robot projects.

Compared to the Arduino Uno
Compared to the Arduino Uno

The RoboGuts™ circuit board very small but full of important robot building connectors.

 The first ideas were just for the RoboToons character "BillyBot" using a PICAXE 28X2 module ... but then it was realized that the RoboGuts™ circuit board should be made more generic and let the RoboGuts™ circuit board host almost any chip or module especially since BS2 modules, Arduino chips, PIC chips, ARM chips and PICAXE chips are so common.

three 110mm FloppyBots too big to print in a day
three 110mm FloppyBots too big to print in a day
PING Head modified BOE-Bot ... too big again!
PING Head modified BOE-Bot ... too big again!

The smallest robot here is more than 100mm/4" square

 The first prototypes for the FloppyBots were much larger to accommodate the larger micro controller boards commonly sold in the online shops, but it took two or more days to print a FloppyBot kit and they just wasted too much space inside and too much plastic. Once the idea for the RoboGuts™ circuit board was realized as the better solution, the design for most of the RoboToons characters as educational kits were immediately resized much smaller so that people could 3D print and build a robot project in one day.

BillyBots
BillyBots

The BillyBots are ranging from pre- RoboGuts™ circuit board size being less than 115mm/5" tall to the now slightly larger 170mm/7" tall as you see on the far right with the speaker in its belly.

Here come the miniFloppyBots ... shrinking the FloppyBots down to allow for just enough room for a RoboGuts™ circuit board, a battery and the few cables and peripheral wiring needed. Making a few different faces because it's so much fun.

miniFloppyBots on wheels
miniFloppyBots on wheels

With the wheels they can really get around!

miniFloppyBots on Legs
miniFloppyBots on Legs

With legs they can dance like Elaine Benes!

miniFloppyBot with no face
miniFloppyBot with no face
SacardyBot under assembly
SacardyBot under assembly
ScardyBot waiting for Speaker Lid
ScardyBot waiting for Speaker Lid

The view looking down into the miniFloppyBot you can see there's not much wasted space.

The eBooks were the next step ... since the RoboGuts™ circuit board could host a myriad of MCUs (Micro Controller Chips or Modules) I started looking at other chips and modules. The PICAXE 28X2 module seems the best because it has a programming port right on the module and uses a very similar and more powerful BASIC language than the PBASIC Parallax uses for their BASIC Stamps.

Parallax BS2 module
Parallax BS2 module
Various MCU chips work too
Various MCU chips work too
My favorite the PICAXE 28X2 module
My favorite the PICAXE 28X2 module

PICAXE 28X2 module solutions are very difficult to find for all the different common home hobby sensors, motors etc... used for home hobby robotics. This is what spurred me into making a notebook of solutions for a quick reference guide and after a few sensors I realized there's probably millions of people around the world that would benefit from the simple "recipes" instead of all the engineering gobbledygook. I was collecting program samples and massaging them into functional little program solutions that could easily be turned into subroutines for other larger projects ... thus the first "PICAXE µController Solutions" eBook. 

For beginner and intermediate Roboteers the eBooks and program listings are a good reference ... and as I started to make corrections to the first eBook I also changed all the wiring diagrams over to the RoboGuts™ circuit board which makes building home hobby robotics much easer and faster for everybody. 

 Here are a few more demo videos made for the talking, singing 'n dancing RoboToons robots; 

BillyBot3 28X2 KickStarter Pitch-02 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7M99bhJ-rk

FloppyBot1 20M2 KickStarter Pitch-03 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgoJl-9pKA

FloppyBot2 28X2 KickStarter Pitch-04 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWpwq3tErmM

FloppyBot3 28X2 KickStarter Pitch-05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD9uKLnFh6Q

BobbyBot3-BS2 KickStarter Pitch-06 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsF3Ef_sBpU

BillyBot4-18M2 KickStarter Pitch-07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0c0X2E9Z4g

 Print me a Part - FloppyBot1 20M2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgoJl-9pKA 

 3 Bots Sing 'n Dance Fiasco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS4RhqO48uo 

Just a few of the gang ...
Just a few of the gang ...
Use almost any chip or module you want!
Use almost any chip or module you want!

 THE FINAL CHALLENGE; 

 The challenge is for you to buy RoboGuts™ circuit boards and build bots and take them to your local hospital and start sharing them with children to play with the bots and teach others how to build and program their own toys to talk, sing and play games. Make videos and share your projects with us on YouTube and other online video sites.

Risks and challenges

The fabrication factory say's it only takes 30-45 days to fab & assemble the RoboGuts™ circuit boards ... should there be delays or faulty boards that could push shipping dates further into 2016.

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