This is a low-cost robotics kit that comes with its own curriculum for students to follow.
Basically, the system is designed to be used within a university environment, aiming to teach students the engineering concepts behind designing, testing and building a functioning robotic system.
There are two options: Basic ($99) and Advanced ($199)
TI-RSLK Basic Kit ($99) :
- SimpleLink MSP432P401R MCU LaunchPad development kit
- Motor drive and power distribution board
- Robot chassis, motors, Line IR sensors
- 50+ other mechanical and electronic components
TI-RSLK Advanced Kit ($199) – Contains all components found in basic kit, adding wireless communication to enable robot to solves its way through a maze by detecting lines and obstacles. Additional components include:
- SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2650 module BoosterPack plug-in module
- SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3120 wireless network processor BoosterPack plug-in module
- Distance IR sensors
You can read the TI-RSLK Basic Kit Construction Guide on the TI website.
As mentioned, there’s also a full 20-module curriculum – developed with Professor Jon Valvano, at the University of Texas at Austin – and you can read it all online.
It covers concepts such as voltage, current, power and energy; interfacing microcontrollers with sensors, actuators, and motors; concepts of pulse width modulation, flash ROM, analog to digital conversion, digital to analog conversion, and serial data transmission; and much more.
“Whether taught as an introduction in the freshman year or as an advanced design lab later on, the TI-RSLK is an effective means for students to get a hands-on learning experience of engineering concepts that span electrical, mechanical and computer science systems,” says Dr Jon Valvano.
“This not only encourages many students to pursue an electrical engineering degree in the first place, but to also persist in their field of study as it gets more challenging.”
Farnell element14 is selling the Basic kit for £70 and the advanced kit for £142.
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