A GNU/Linux and Python based robotics platform made using cardboard and electronics for students of all ages


Sauce (Simple Automata Using Cardboard and Electronics) is a GNU/Linux and Python based robotics platform for students. This is actually a tutorial about building a robot from scratch and then programming it using Python.

By building this robot, students will get an overview about - Basic Mechanics, basic electronics, basic computer programming(python), craft work and lot of other cool ideas. This is not an ordinary robot project. Students will build the robot by constructing robot mechanics, do electrical wiring or even soldering, build some basic electronic sensors, do some craft work on the robot etc. Once the robot is done, they will start programming it using Python.

The robot is build from cardboard and electronics. A PC(through serial communication) will be used to control the robot. Initial plan is to build a robot that looks like a bird. Design can be later changed if a better idea is found.

My plan was to use the MSP430 Launchpad which is a cheap prototyping platform. But MSP430 Launchpad has some issues with serial port when plugged to a GNU/Linux. So I had to shift to Arduino which is costly.

Building the robot

This robot is build using easily available materials such as thermocol, paper, dc motors, Arduino etc. Once you have build the robot, just plug it into the PC.


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