|Brand Name||Dexter Industries|
|Item model number||2|
|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 6 x 2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||10 x 6 x 2 inches|
|Batteries||8 AA batteries required.|
GoPiGo2 Robot Base Kit
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- Raspberry Pi Robotics Base Kit.
- Works with the Raspberry Pi Model A, B, and B+, 2 and 3.
- Powered by 8 AA batteries. No soldering required.
- Software examples and API are provided by Dexter Industries.
- This is an older version. Search GoPiGo3 for the latest version
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GoPiGo Raspberry Pi Robot that turns your Raspberry Pi into a Robot. The GoPiGo is a complete robot package for the Raspberry Pi. It comes with everything you need to get your Raspberry Pi rolling, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a robust power supply. With so many programming languages and USB accessories available for the Pi, you can turn your GoPiGo into anything from a WiFi controlled robot for exploring the scary spaces behind the couch to an autonomous rocket launching office enforcer. With the Raspberry Pi acting as the brains of the robot, the possibilities are infinite.
From the Manufacturer
Visit our GoPiGo Product Support & Documentation page for step-by-step tutorials, video tutorials on assembly and writing your first program, technical specs, detailed product pictures, and sample code libraries. Program in your prefered language: you can start with Scratch programmign language, or higher level languages like Python, C and Java. The GoPiGo works with the Raspberry Pi B, B+, 2, 3, and Zero.
You can add hundreds of sensors and accessories, including a camera, an ultrasonic sensor, our line follower, an office cannon, and many more. Sensors plug-and-play on the GoPiGo and can be easily plugged into the GoPiGo with no soldering required. With wifi control your robot can be controlled remotely with a browser on a tablet, a mobile phone, a computer, or a Chromebook!
The GoPiGo carries a small computer on board, the Raspberry Pi, that can be extended to run powerful computer programs for research and design. Powered by 8 AA batteries.
Control your Raspberry Pi Robot from a browser on a phone, Chromebook, or turn your GoPiGo into anything from a WiFi controlled robot for to an autonomous rocket launching office enforcer.
Works with the Raspberry Pi Model A, B, and B+, 2, 3 and Zero. The Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Camera, AA Batteries, and the Servo Package are all sold separately.
At Dexter IndustriesDexter Industries is an American educational robotics company that develops robot kits that make programming accessible for everyone. Like most great companies, Dexter Industries started on a kitchen table where kits and products were hand designed, hand assembled, and shipped to our customers. After a few years of developing sensors for LEGO Mindstorms, we came up with the idea to connect LEGO Mindstorms with the Raspberry Pi single board computer. The idea was launched as a Kickstarter Project called the BrickPi and turned out to be quite successful. We’ve been building robots for the Raspberry Pi ever since! Originally focused on hobbyists, hackers, engineers and makers, we soon found out that our kits were being used in classrooms all around the world to teach students computer science, electrical engineering and robotics. We’re now dedicated to building better content — from manuals and projects to curriculums and teachers’ notes, to make building, learning and teaching more accessible and fun for everyone.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Raspberry Pi Robot.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Here at Dexter Industries, we’ve all personally experienced how much better we understand computer science concepts and programming when we see it do something tangible in the physical world. Real learning happens when mistakes are made, and the best engineers are those that can figure out how to solve real problems. We believe robots are the best way to do this. Rather than just seeing an error on your screen when your code is wrong, your robot might run into a wall while the wheels keep spinning, or you might see the red LED go on when you meant to turn the green one on. Physical reactions that indicate problems engage people in a multi-dimensional way, to improve retention, deepen understanding and promote curiosity. We’re devoted to building great products to help everyone learn how to become a problem solver. Not everything that you make is important, but the process of making can improve your ability to build stuff that is important someday. Our goal is to enable you to make stuff that matters.
What makes your product special?
The GoPiGo turns the Raspberry Pi into a robot. We have great documentation on how to get it setup, accompanied by videos to walk you through every step of setting up your robot. If you have a question about something technical, we have great customer service to walk you through any questions. The GoPiGo is incredibly versatile. It has been used by thousands of schools to teach programming; you can start with very basic programming with Scratch. On the other hand, it's incredibly powerful. With a camera and many options for sensors and add-ons, and powerful languages like Python and C, it has also been used by many tech companies to showcase their technical software!
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
I think the most rewarding part of the startup experience has been to see our product in the hands of so many students, engineers, and educators. Seeing something you make and design used in the real world is thrilling!
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Removing the film and tape requires fingernails and tenacity. It is easy once you convince yourself that you aren't going to break the acrylic. It is very strong and scratch resistant so don't worry. One of the motor mounts presented a minor challenge and we broke one of the motor holders the first time through (don't over tighten). Luckily, there were several spare mounts included.
It is particularly cool that you can program the GoPiGo in scratch. My personal goal was to give my daughter confidence as she is often in the shadow of her older brother. Mission accomplished with this. He is openly envious of her GoPiGo. Hearing her explain to him the purpose of the encoder wheels...priceless. Having the encoder wheels exposed is brilliant. It makes it easy to understand how the little robot knows how far it has traveled.
One last recommendation: Paint the wheels with rubber cement and let dry overnight. This solved our traction problems with wood floors. Properly sized rubber bands would likely work well too.
Is it worth it? Tough question, there are certainly cheaper basic setups out there that give you more, but as an out of the box package I would say I am quite satisfied. Here are some issues/notes for your consideration:
1. The encoder wheels are, as reported in other reviews, really loose. You can formulate your own solution.
2. The battery pack is so heavy that the car barely turns on carpet. Solution: relocate battery pack to top of cart.
3. Instructions suggest not to use a static IP for WiFi access. But, if you do not want to install a VNC viewer (TightVNC server comes with the image) then you will need to plug your RPi into a monitor to get the current IP assigned via DHCP. There are all sorts of tutorials out there for static IPs, but the key for the Dexter Raspbian image's interface file is the vlan0 settings not the eth0 ones.
4. One of my motors had a bum drive shaft. Solution: flipped the motor around so that side of the shaft is driving the encoder not the wheel.
5. Having issues with the scratch GoPiGo projects. Solution: B.T.S.O.O.M... but I will keep trying.
6. The mounting of the RPi to the MCU board could be more supportive. It seems a bit flimsy to me.
7. Your cat probably will not like having the GoPiGo around.
I will likely add a PS3 controller and the servo package gear in the coming months.
Great community support and a ton of code examples on Github.
Highly recommended for both the beginner and intermediate IoT hacker or students.
The delivery was prompt and the experience was great.
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