Matrix Robotics Base Set
The Matrix Robotics Base Set
This kit has specifically been designed to complement the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kit. Matrix Robotics, the company behind this kit is composed of specialists of Lego NXT. Then, this is with no surprise that this Matrix Base Set contains exactly what the community has always dreamed of. This Matrix Base Set contains everything you need indeed to go further with the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit. The essential parts of this kit are:
- Various aluminum frames to build a more robust robot
- A motor controller with 4 ports deporting the management of the motors outside the NXT Intelligent Brick.
- More professional engines (DC motors with encoders), able to move precisely the robot on difficult terrain
- Servos for producing defined movement
- Powerful battery
- Large wheels ideal for odometry
The Matrix Robotics Base Set has been designed by experts with a long experience of robotics contests and who have identified limitations of the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit. So when you want to go further with the Lego NXT robot, the Matrix Robotics Base Set is the best tool to use!
Video of robot made by students using the Matrix Robotics kit
Here is a video created by students of the university of Vic who are going to participate on the FTC Barcelona Championship. The name of the team is "Garrins Metàl.lics". On this video the team has used the Matrix Robotics kit and has adapted omni directional wheels from Vex Robotics on the robot.
See the last videos of the Garrins Metàl.lics team on https://www.youtube.com/user/GarrinsFTC.
Content of the Matrix Robotics Base Set
The following images show the exact content of the Matrix Robotics Base Set:
The Matrix Robotics Base Set comes with its portable storage plastic box.
This kit need the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kit to be efficient.
Building mobile robots using the Matrix Robotics Base Set
Models of mobile robots or models of grippers are available on the Matrix Robotics web site at http://matrixrobotics.com/portfolio-items/
Programming the Matrix Robotics Base Set
Programming the Matrix Robotics Base Set using NXT-G
NXT-G blocks are provided by Matrix Robotics in order to program the Matrix Robotics Base Set.
Matrix Motor NXT-G block
|This NXT-G block is used to pilot one of the 4 motors connected to the motor controller included in the Matrix Robotis Base Set|
Matrix Move Block
|This NXT-G block is used to pilot a robot that is using differential drive.|
Matrix Move Servo Block
|This NXT-G block is used to pilot one or more servos (activation, target position and velocity to reach this position).|
Matrix Motor Status Block
|This NXT-G block is used to read the encoder value of a motor|
Matrix Controller Status Block
|This NXT-G block read status information of the Matrix motor controller|
To download sources of these NXT-G blocks, go to http://matrixrobotics.com/resources/program/nxt-g/
Programming the Matrix Robotics Base Set using Labview
Several Labview Vi's are provided by Matrix Robotics in order to program the Matrix Robotics Base Set using Labview. The following image shows the Labview palette provided by Matrix Robotics.
To download the Labview Vi's for Matrix Robotics, go to http://matrixrobotics.com/resources/program/labview/.