CamJam Edukit 3 robotics kit is launched today. It’s an entry-level robotics kit aimed at beginners, but I’ve had quite a lot of fun with it, and haven’t even used all the bits yet. It’s been put together by Jamie Mann from the PiHut, and Mike Horne and Tim Richardson from CamJam.
As with other CamJam Edukits, there is a progressive series of worksheets to help guide you through how to make the various pieces do what they’re designed for. You can find those here. Here’s what the kit looks like straight out of the box…
The hardware includes…
- 2 wheels
- 2 geared motors
- 1 ball castor (with mounting bolts)
- 1 170pt breadboard
- 1 ultrasonic distance sensor
- 1 line-following sensor
- 2 sticky pads
- 1 motor controller board (2 motors bidirectional)
- 1 battery box (holds 4 x AA)
- 4 resistors
- Jumper wires
- A very nice box, which I used as a chassis
No Soldering Required
Notably they’ve had the motor wires pre-soldered (and heat-shrink encased), so that the kit can be used without the need for any soldering. This opens up robotics tinkering to the vast number of people for whom soldering is a barrier to entry.
Where Can I Buy One?
If you’d like one of these, you can buy them from the Pi Hut priced at £17 + shipping.
You will need to add your own batteries and Raspberry Pi.
So How Did My Robot Turn Out?
I didn’t try out the sensors because I had another idea I wanted to try out. Watch the video and see how it went…
I used a Wii controller + nunchuk and was very pleased with the outcome. The slalom you see there was my first attempt. As you can see, I quickly got used to it and it was reasonably controllable.