Quick and Dirty RPi bot

A automotive robot based on the RasPi platform and Lego hardware, easy to expand and repair.

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This is a simple robot with a chassis completely made of Legos. Even the tires and motors are Lego. It's controlled by a Raspberry Pi powered by a LiPo battery.

To access the internet a WiFi USB dongle is attached.
The goal is to make the bot accessible via a VPN from around the globe to drive around the flat and check everything with the image feed from the USB webcam.

For additional devices it is equipped with a USB hub.
In the end it shall be able to be charged via induction or contacts at a charger station.

To power the system I'm using a standard 2200mAh 11.1V RC LiPo battery.

A LM2596 circuit provides the 5V for the Pi.

The Pi runs the standard OS Raspbian.

The extandability is given because of the versatility of LEGO.

Via a L293D H-bridge are the motos directly controlled using th GPIO pins.

I'm using the old 9V Lego Technic Motors.

  • 1 × Raspberry Pi
  • 1 × L293D Interface and IO ICs / Peripheral Drivers and Actuators
  • 1 × LM2596 Circuit Power Management ICs / Switching Regulators and Controllers
  • 1 × Breadboard Electronic Components / Misc. Electronic Components
  • 1 × LEGO TECHNIC 9V Motor Lego Motor

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  • Wifi and SSH

    marble08/20/2014 at 21:46 0 comments

    I've managed to confige the Wifi settings with wicd and established a SSH connection in my LAN

  • First motor test.

    marble08/20/2014 at 20:50 0 comments

    By manually manipulating the GPIO pins I got the motors running. 

    The system works :-)

  • Powering the Pi

    marble08/20/2014 at 20:48 0 comments

    Adjusting the swithcing regulator circuit to 5V.

    By only powering the Pi, the current from the battery is 0.3A.


    Because of the efficency of 66.7% of the regulator it gets a little hot.

  • Chassis is ready

    marble08/20/2014 at 20:46 0 comments

    I've managed to build a Lego case aroud the Pi and the USB hub.

    Motors in the front. Spinnable wheel in the back.

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