RILYBOT 4: How Do I Make One?
You will need the Robotics Invention System set, a LEGO® product available through many large toy stores, and even a few computer and appliance stores that sell computer games and/or videogame systems.
The RILYBOT 4 design also includes the following additional parts:
- three 2×8 conducting plates
- one 2×4 conducting plate
- two 1×2 conducting plates
- one polarity switch
- four 47K 1/4-watt resistors
- two 4.7K 1/4-watt resistors
- several short pieces of 24-gauge insulated wire
The conducting plates are all included in spare parts set #5037 "electric plates". The polarity switch comes in spart parts set #5120 "polarity switch". Two of the 2x8 conducting plates, the resistors and the wire are used to make the multi-input adapter plates. The third 2×8 conducting plate is cut into four 2×2 pieces and used to connect the multi-input adapters to the RCX terminals.
Once you have the robotics kit and have made the adapter plates, you need to build a robot. The specifics of building the robot are not important as long as it meets the following requirements:
- two motors, connected to A and C
- adapter plates connecting motor output A to sensor input 1 and motor C to sensor 3.
- two touch sensors, connected to the adapter plates
- one light sensor, connected to 2
- when the robot is turned off you can roll it around and said rolling will cause the motors to turn without a lot of slipping
- when the robot is on and the motors are running, the motors will cause the robot to move around without a lot of slipping
The combination of those last two requirements means that you can't use a lot of gear reduction between the motor and the wheels, and they also pretty much rule out the use of tank treads or legs.
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