GoPiGo2 Base Kit
Introduction to the GoPiGo2 Base Kit
The choice of accessories and programming languages available for the Raspberry Pi is growing very quickly, which is a very exciting prospect for fans like us! Amongst all the existing kits, we are convinced the best match is probably the GoPiGo2 Base Kit.
This new version is more durable, easier to build and comes with a red velcro strap for the battery pack.
This package enables you to build robots that can be controlled via local WiFi network, and which will be small enough to explore the remote corners of your house, would you add to it a camera Pi. Even better, the Raspberry Pi is powerful enough to launch tiny shells!
To sum it up, this GoPiGo2 Base Kit:
- Works with Raspberry Pi – Model A, Raspberry Pi – Model B (1 and 2) AND Raspberry Pi – model B+
- Powered by AA batteries
- Comes with softwares as well as projects ideas to get you started provided by Dexter Industries: GoPiGo2 documentation and tutorial)
- Takes less than 20min to assemble
- 2 Motors
- 2 Wheels
- 2 Encoders
- 1 control board for the motors, controllers and additional hardware
NOTE: This kit does not include a Raspberry Pi, but you can find the latest version of Raspberry Pi on our website, get it before starting your GoPiGo2 adventure!
Technical specifications of the GoPiGo2 Base Kit
- Acrylic chassis and hardware Operating voltage : 7-12 V
- Current Usage:
- 300-500 mA (Idle with the Raspberry Pi Model B+)
- 800 mA-2A (Motors, camera and servo running with the Raspberry Pi Model B+)
- External Interfaces
- 1 x I2C Port
- 1 x Serial Port
- 1 x Analog Input
- 1 x PWM Port
- Motor Controller: SN7544
- 2 x 2 Optical encoders with 18 pulse counts per rotation
- Wheel Diameter: 65 mm
- MCU: Atmega 328
Description of the GoPiGo2 Base Kit
The GoPiGo2 is mounted on top of the Raspberry Pi and will not need any additional connections as the two parts use the I2C protocol to communicate. The motors and sensors can also be connected to the GoPiGo2.
There are 4 ports on which different Grove Sensors can be connected. There is an Analog, Digital, Serial and I2C port on the GoPiGo2. The GoPiGo2 also has a connector to connect the Servo motors and another connector to connect up to 3 line sensorson the GoPiGo2.
The GoPiGo2 allows you the Raspberry Pi to access some Grove sensors directly. The Raspberry Pi has an I2C Bus by which sensors connected to the I2C Ports can be directly accessed.
All the motor control and sensor I/O on the GoPiGo2 is done by an ATMEGA328 microcontroller on the GoPiGo2. The microcontroller acts as an interpreter between the Raspberry Pi and the GoPiGo2. It sends, receives, and executes commands sent by the Raspberry Pi.
The GoPiGo2 Base Kit also comes with 2 optical encoders on the bottom side of the PCB that are used to monitor the wheel’s rotation and help the GoPiGo2 move in a straight line.
As you can see in this video, the setup of the GoPiGo2 Base Kit is very easy, making it ideal if you are starting with robotics.
What can I do with the GoPiGo2 Base Kit?
There are so many cool projects you can create with GoPiGo2! Your imagination is the only limit and plenty of tutorials are available out there!
A fun creation is to turn your GoPiGo2 Base Kit into a rocket launcher and throw sneak attacks on your office colleagues!
More seriously though, by being connected to a Pi camera and a Raspberry Pi, the GoPiGo2 could be turned into a remote-controlled exploration device, to watch your pets, track wilds animals or map an entire room.
It also offers two camera mounting options, either on the body or on a servo camera mount that will also turn 180 degrees.
Downloads and resources for the GoPiGo2 Base Kit
There are lots of guides and tutorials for the GoPiGo2 Base Kit, and most are very good. Here are some resources to get you started:
Anonymous A. published the 15/09/2018 following an order made on 15/09/2018
Use them before. So it is easy to use