Bluetooth instead of R/C OmniBot- Kiwi Robot


#1

Hi there,
I have just purchased the Omnibot kit, loved the project. Thank you for your great tutorial!
I want to use the robot for research purposes, I am a cognitive scientist at Cornell. To this end, I need/I would like to control the robot via Bluetooth as opposed to R/C. The main reason is that I must control the robot through an app of pre-recorded motion behaviors to run experiments.
My questions are: would you advise to use the current setup with Bluetooth? Would you advise to use another motor shield?
Any input helps. I have with little/no experience in electronics, so I am in the dark :slight_smile:
Thank you!


#2

Hi Zagadaga,

I’m glad you like the product. First, we are literally right around the corner from Cornell, and currently have CU interns working for us. To your question: If you use a Bluetooth module which uses pins which are not used by the motor shield, it should work fine. This page: https://shop.wickeddevice.com/product/motor-shield/ contains all the info that you need to evaluate this and select an appropriate module. You will also need to modify the sketch - it is open source and also on that page.


#3

Hi Dirk,
thank you for your reply. Wow, nice that you are on campus.We will try to figure out and probably get back with more questions. Thanks


#4

Do you know if there is a way to contact somebody at Wicked Device? We are running into some problems with the motor shield. The motor shield does not power anymore, despite the fact that 6.5 V of power gets in. We are wondering if the motor shield is broken.
Thanks


#5

Hi. You can contact me at support@wickeddevice.com.