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Parallax Eddie Robot Platform & Control Board

Parallax Eddie Robot Platform & Control Board

Parallax Eddie Robot Platform & Control Board are components of Eddie, a turnkey hardware solution for creating a mobile robot with a laptop and Kinect camera. Once the Eddie Robot Platform is fully assembled, the user can simply connect a laptop and Kinect camera (not included) over USB and Eddie is up and roaming in minutes. Compatible with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS 4), Eddie can navigate autonomously and see in 3D using the power of the Microsoft Kinect camera. Eddie is controlled over a simple USB connection and a convenient command interface.

  • Compatible with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4)
  • Dual-platform design with plenty of room for electronics and on-the-go programming laptop access
  • Two drive wheels with high-torque 12 VDC motors and position controllers
  • Front and rear dual-tire caster wheels for platform stability
  • Durable pneumatic rubber tires easily traverse hard floors and carpet
  • 5 distance sensors (3 infrared and 2 ultrasonic) for collision avoidance
  • Fully integrated control board handles all lower-level hardware operations to drive motors and collect sensor data
  • Simple USB connectivity between control board and laptop
  • 12V, 14.4Ah gel-cell batteries for 4-7 hours of continuous operation
  • Built-in charging jack (charger included)

  • Communication interface: Serial commands over USB interface
  • Operating temperature: 32 to 158°F
    (0 to 70°C)
  • Dimensions: 21.75" (55.25cm) high, 17.8" (45.2cm) diameter, assembled
  • Weight: 25.3lbs (11.5kg), excluding laptop and Kinect camera
  • Autonomous navigation and mapping
  • Development and testing of machine vision systems
  • Telepresence robots
  • Voice-activated personal assistant robots
  • Security and surveillance robots
  • Crowd interaction and advertising

Additional Items Required
  • Laptop computer
  • Kinect camera
  • Philips (cross-head) screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • 5/32" Allen wrench
  • Microsoft RDS software
Eddie Control Board with Power Connector

Eddie Control Board

The Eddie Control Board provides a complete single-board solution to control the Eddie Robot Platform. Designed to be flexible and expandable, the Eddie Control Board is also well suited for other mobile robot platforms. While the board has a wide input voltage range, it is primarily targeted to 12 VDC battery-powered applications.

The heart of the Eddie Control Board is the Propeller™ P8X32A microcontroller, with eight 32-bit cores that provide incredible power and flexibility. The board includes high-current motor drivers, an eight-channel 10-bit ADC, and access to lots of digital I/O. Multiple regulated power supplies (12V, 5V, and 3.3V) and three switchable auxiliary power ports support optional accessories for the robot.

Control Board Features
  • Powered by the Propeller P8X32A with 8 32-bit cores
  • Integrated high-current motor drivers
  • 8-channel 10-bit ADC
  • Up to 16 general purpose digital I/O
  • On-board regulated power supplies for 12V, 5V, 3.3V
  • Three auxiliary power ports provide switchable battery voltage for accessories
  • 5A auxiliary power fuse, and 20A motor power fuse
  • Four 0.125" diameter mounting holes for #4 screws, spaced at 4.60 x 3.35" (11.68 x 8.51cm)
Control Board Specifications
  • Power requirements: Main board operating voltage (VCCMAIN) 6.75 to 18V; Motor driver operating voltage (VCCMOTORS) 5.5 to 16V
  • Communication interface: USB mini-B connector (enumerates as a serial COM port)
  • Operating temperature: 32 to 158°F (0 to 70°C)
  • Dimensions: 5.05 x 3.80 x 0.97" (12.83 x 9.65 x 2.46cm)
Control Board Applications
  • Autonomous navigation robots
  • Telepresence robots
  • Two-wheeled
    balancing robots
  • Robotic arm
  • Manufacturing automation equipment
Eddie Robot Platform Kit Components

Eddie Robot Platform Kit Components

Control Board Overview

Control Board Overview
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