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Design Innovative Robots with LEGO SPIKE Prime

By : Aaron Maurer
5 (1)
Book Image

Design Innovative Robots with LEGO SPIKE Prime

5 (1)
By: Aaron Maurer

Overview of this book

The new LEGO SPIKE Prime is one of the latest additions to the LEGO robotics line of products. This book will help you to enjoy building robots and understand how exciting robotics can be in terms of design, coding, and the expression of ideas. The book begins by taking you through a new realm of playful learning experiences designed for inventors and creators of any age. In each chapter, you'll find out how to build a creative robot, learn to bring the robot to life through code, and finally work with exercises to test what you've learned and remix the robot to suit your own unique style. Throughout the chapters, you'll build exciting new smart robots such as a handheld game, a robotic arm with a joystick, a guitar, a flying bird, a sumobot, a dragster, and a Simon Says game. By the end of this LEGO book, you'll have gained the knowledge and skills you need to build any robot that you can imagine.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Building the base

The beauty of this robotics kit is that you can easily get started with any type of build because of the new pieces that are included. There are a lot of different options, depending on the strategy and size of your sumobot.

For this robot, the following strategies and constraints were used in the design:

  • The body frame needs to be open for any user to remix, add to, and modify to their liking.
  • The sumobot strategy is to identify the other robot and use sensors to push the other robot out of the arena using the little scoops at the front and back to slightly lift and push the robot.
  • The robot needs to be low to the ground to keep the weight distribution and center of gravity low to avoid falling over.

To begin, you will add eight black connector pins to an azure 11x15 open frame:

  1. Place four on each side, according to Figure 5.2. These are placed to allow the motors to be added:

    Figure 5.2 – The main frame of the robot body

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