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Raspberry Pi Zumo Robot

This page provides videos, related diagrams, and links to relevant Python code, that I used to build a Raspberry Pi robot based on a "Zumo" chasis. This said, the very first video is all about using the GPIO pins on a Raspberry Pi, an undertanding of which is necessary to provide a solid foundation for the rest of the project.

Raspberry Pi Robotics #1: GPIO Control

The above video explains how to connect LEDs to a Raspberry Pi's general purpose input-output (GPIO) pins, and how to write Python code to turn them on and off.

You can discuss this video on YouTube.

The wiring diagram included in the video is here:

Raspberry Pi Robotics #2: Zumo Robot

This second video shows how to construct a Pololu Zumo robot chassis, how interface it to a Raspberry Pi using an L298N H-bridge motor controller, and how to use Python code to bring the robot to life!

You can discuss this video on YouTube.

The micro metal gear motors used in the video are available from Pimoroni here, or from Pololu here.

Pololu Zumo chassis kit is available from Pimoroni here, or from Pololu here.

Male-to-male and male-to-female jumper leads are available from Pimoroni here, and from lots of other places!

For the "L298N H-Bridge Motor Controller", search for that term on Amazon or eBay. As of November 19 2016, one option on Amazon.com is here, and on Amazon.co.uk here.

The wiring diagram included in the video is here:

In the video, and in the above diagram, I have not connected power from the Raspberry Pi to the 5V connection on the L298N board. This is because the L298N board I used has a "5V enable" function that allows the electronics on the board to be powered from the battery pack via an on-board voltage regulator. This function is controlled by a jumper on the board behind the three-pin power connection block. If, however, your L298N board does not have this function -- or if your board has this function and you remove the jumper! -- you will need to connect the 5V line from the Raspberry Pi (ie GPIO pin 2) to the 5V terminal on your L298N. But do not do both! If in doubt as to the function of your L298N board, start without GPIO pin 2 connected to the 5V terminal -- and if nothing works, try again with this connection made. :)

Raspberry Pi Robotics #3: Keyboard Control

This third video shows how to mount a Raspberry Pi Zero, the L298N motor controller and a USB power bank on the Zumo robot from the above video, and then how to control the resultant independent robot via a Rii wireless keyboard by using the curses module in Python.

You can discuss this video on YouTube.

The Python code that I use in this video can be downloaded here:

Raspberry Pi Robotics #4: SSH Network Control

This fourth video shows how to control the robot over a network using a laptop or even an Android tablet. No new code is required.

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