This project is a "main-board" (or a BoosterPack if you want) to turn a TI MSP430 Launchpad into a small mobile robot.
It is designed to be easily hacked, modified, extended in order to fit multiple purpose : training, hacking, playing and, at first, teaching and learning.
The project's main part is a custom electronic board with LiPo battery charger, DC/DC converter and dual motor power interface. Put together with a slightly modified Ti Launchpad and a robot kit from Pololu, it make a very nice robot.
The sensor part is voluntarily omitted, save for optical encoders on the wheels, as it allows user to quickly attach and connect various kind of devices : Infra-Red or Ultrasonic range-finders, tactile switches, ...
This project has already been produced at about 300 units for teaching micro-controller programming in a University.
Sample student projects made with this robot : line-following, maze solving, random exploration, bluetooth and wifi remote-controlled.
TI MSP430 launchpad
Pololu robot kit
Plastic base + 2 motors + screws and bolts