[PRE-ORDER] WHEEL-E | Programmable Robot System (powered by Arduino and ESP8266)


Regular price $99.00

Learn Robotics, Electronics, and Programming!

I'm working on a comprehensive set of lessons covering the subjects of programming, electronics, and robotics! Pre-ordering the hardware, WHEEL-E, already developed in collaboration with XiaoR Geek, supports my efforts and allows me to spend more time in the documentation side of things!

Thanks so much for visiting my website!

Kindly,

-Cisco


Who is WHEEL-E?

WHEEL-E is an affordable, easy-to-use, fun little robot developed as an intro to programming, electronics, and robotics for all ages (11+). He is simple enough for beginners, while including plenty of features to entertain even the most tech-savvy users.WHEEL-E Dimensions

WHEEL-E is the perfect opportunity to have your very own robot, completely Open Source and able to do your bidding. Just plug him into your computer, install the USB drivers, and start learning about Robotics in less than 5 minutes!


What makes WHEEL-E special?

WHEEL-E is more than a simple machine, he establishes an emotional connection with users and audiences, allowing everyone to interact socially!

WHEEL-E is a perfect classroom tool!

WHEEL-E is a great tool for the classroom that can be used to teach children and adults alike about the wonders of robotics with ease!


What can WHEEL-E do?

Right out-of-the-box, WHEEL-E can be easily programmed over USB or Wi-Fi to perform several different behaviors.

Using his floor-facing IR detectors, WHEEL-E can sense bilateral differences in brightness, and thus detect a dark line on a lighter surface. Users can write code to follow the line along a path!

Using his forward-facing IR detectors, WHEE-E can detect the presence of an object, and users can write code to follow it!

Using his included camera (OV2640), WHEEL-E can stream 1600×1200@30fps (max) video!

WHEEL-E includes a high-contrast, highly visible, 128×64 (blue) OLED screen. It can be used as a hardware-level User Interface for displaying status messages, sensor data, or any type of information that we want users to see!

WHEEL-E's 'eyes' are not just for aesthetics, using ultrasound they can be used to detect nearby objects from 10 cm to 400 cm away!

Combining WHEEL-E's different features, users can write code to carry out tasks such as solving a maze, navigating in the dark, or trying to avoid obstacles to park at a certain spot.


Whom is WHEEL-E for?

While creating WHEEL-E, I made a concerted effort to make the project as fun and easy-to-use as possible. The intended audience for WHEEL-E is anyone with a desire to explore the wonderful world of electronics, regardless of background or skill level.


How do I use WHEEL-E?

The idea behind WHEEL-E is to make an easy-to-use platform for learning electronics, robotics, and programming. I've focused to make these tasks as straight-forward as possible. Simply plug the robot to USB, turn on its power switch, and you're ready to start learning right away!

As WHEEL-E was developed using Arduino-compatible hardware, there are many resources scattered around the internet. More specifically, a series of step-by-step tutorials, in classical ACROBOTIC fashion, are being developed on YouTube!

Advanced users can even program WHEEL-E over Wi-Fi, without connecting wires other than for charging his battery when needed. All the code samples to go alongside the detailed explanations are available for download in the project's Github repository:


When will WHEEL-E be ready?

Different than my previous crowdfunding campaigns (https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/acrobotic), the hardware for WHEEL-E is completely done. It was developed in collaboration with a Shenzhen-based electronics manufacturer over the past year.

With the hardware out of the way, I can now focus on writing firmware and posting tutorials featuring different examples on how to use the hardware. The goal is to post at least 4 tutorials per month!

Because the hardware is 100% done, I will be shipping out this orders within 3 weeks of the campaign finishing!


What's under WHEEL-E's hood?

WHEEL-E is a pretty comprehensive platform that includes a wide array of sensors for detecting his surroundings, DC motors and tank threads for movement, an Arduino microcontroller (Microchip's ATmega328p) and a Wi-Fi chip (Espressif's ESP8266) for wireless communication, and a few other devices such as multi-color LEDs, sound buzzer, OLED display, and a VGA camera for all sorts of projects!

WHEEL-E's components list

In a compact and cute package, WHEEL-E packs quite the number of features:

    • ESP-01 Serial to Wi-Fi System-on-Chip (wireless interface)
    • ATmega328p microcontroller (hardware interface)
    • IR receiver (IR remote interface)
    • IR reflectance sensors (forward and downward facing)
    • Ultrasonic sensor
    • User-controlled white LEDs (forward facing)
    • User-controlled multi-color LEDs (floor facing)
    • N20 6VDC gearmotors
    • VGA camera (OV2640)
    • 128×64 OLED display (visual interface)
    • Built-in rechargeable battery
    • Power switch
    • Sound buzzer

    Who created WHEEL-E?

    XiaoR Geek was founded in 2014 in Shenzhen, China, and has been engaged in developing first-person video-controlled robots using Wi-Fi and MCU technology. WHEEL-E is the latest platform developed as a learning platform for beginners and advanced users alike!

    ACROBOTIC is an Open-Source electronics startup in Pasadena dedicated to designing fun and easy-to-use hardware and software for education, DIY, hobby, arts, science, and more! The company has been involved in a few successful crowdfunding campaigns both as developers and collaborators:

     


    FAQs

    • Why are you using pre-orders for WHEEL-E instead of regular orders?

    I wanted to develop a Series of Tutorials for an introductory-level coverage of robotics. Wanting to show the progress as I take on this task, I'm offering anyone who follows along, the opportunity to receive the hardware before the official release.

    The pre-order process allows me to gauge interest in the product without making a large monetary investment. It also gives me some buffer, which allows for placing larger orders from our manufacturers. This helps lowering costs and batching order shipment, which facilitates logistics.

    • When will I receive my WHEEL-E?

    Different than my previous crowdfunding campaigns (https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/acrobotic), the hardware for WHEEL-E is completely done. It was developed in collaboration with a Shenzhen-based electronics manufacturer over the past year. With the hardware out of the way, I can now focus on writing firmware and posting tutorials featuring different examples on how to use the hardware.

    Because the hardware is 100% done, I will be shipping out this orders within 3 weeks of the campaign finishing!

    • Where can I find more information about WHEEL-E?

    As mentioned, although the hardware is completely done, the user guides for WHEEL-E are a work in progress. The best way to stay current with the most recent developments on the project is by joining the site's Newsletter and subscribing to my YouTube channel!