Kittenbot Robotbit – Expansion Board for BBC micro:bit

$34.99

What does the Kittenbot Robotbit have to offer – The Kittenbot Robotbit is a feature packed and affordable expansion board for the BBC Micro:bit, which can be used to extend the various capabilities of the BBC Micro:bit allowing you to create different types of robots. The Kittenbot Robotbit reduces the effort required to put together a robot. The Kittenbot Robotbit is an excellent robotic expansion board specially designed for robotics enthusiasts who are keen to build and code their own robots. You can code your robot using MicroPython, Makeblock Block IDE, Javascript or Kittenblock Block IDE.

With the Kittenbot Robotbit you have the ability to drive DC motors, stepper motors, servos, including an onboard buzzer and RGB pixels. The Robotbit also allows you to connect up common sensors, electronics hardware you find in the market. The board comes along with a 18650 battery holder, integrated lithium battery boost, charging and protection chip. Support for external power input is also provided. The board has in-built mechanical supports for KittenBot robotic chassis including LEGO technical slots.

The powerful drive capability and built-in battery make DIY more convenient and free. The Kittebot Robotbit is an excellent choice for your robotic projects based on Micro:bit!

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What does the Kittenbot Robotbit have to offer – The Kittenbot Robotbit is a feature packed and affordable expansion board for the BBC Micro:bit, which can be used to extend the various capabilities of the BBC Micro:bit allowing you to create different types of robots. The Kittenbot Robotbit reduces the effort required to put together a robot. The Kittenbot Robotbit is an excellent robotic expansion board specially designed for robotics enthusiasts who are keen to build and code their own robots. You can code your robot using MicroPython, Makeblock Block IDE, Javascript or Kittenblock Block IDE.

With the Kittenbot Robotbit you have the ability to drive DC motors, stepper motors, servos, including an onboard buzzer and RGB pixels. The Robotbit also allows you to connect up common sensors, electronics hardware you find in the market. The board comes along with a 18650 battery holder, integrated lithium battery boost, charging and protection chip. Support for external power input is also provided. The board has in-built mechanical supports for KittenBot robotic chassis including LEGO technical slots.

The powerful drive capability and built-in battery make DIY more convenient and free. The Kittebot Robotbit is an excellent choice for your robotic projects based on Micro:bit!

Please Note : The Kittenbot Robotbit does not come along with a BBC micro:bit or the Kittenbot Mewobit. Each of these items needs to be purchased separately.

 

What are some of the main features of the Kittenbot Robotbit – Here’s a list of the key features of the Kittenbot Robotbit –

  1. 1. 5V external power input(with anti-reverse protection)
  2. 2. Power switch
  3. 3. Power Indicator
  4. 4. Battery Indicator
  5.  Micro USB charing port
  6. 4-channel DC motor / 2-channel stepper motor
  7. Jumper for buzzer selection
  8. 8 channel IO(corresponding to Micro:bit P0-P2、P8、P12-P15)
  9. 5V and GND port
  10. Buzzer
  11. 8 channel servo port
  12. I2C interface (expandable I2C module)
  13. 18650 battery case
  14. Battery protection recovery push button
  15. Micro:bit edge connector
  16. 4x RGB pixel
  17. Servo driver (PCA9685)
  18. 2xDc/Stepper driver (DRV8833)
  19. KittenBot robot chassis mounting hole
  20. Standard LEGO hole

Here’s some of the key voltages the board requires/supports –

  1. 18650 battery voltage: 3.7V
  2. USB input voltage: 5V
  3. VM pin max ouput: 1A (with onboard battery)
  4. External Voltage Input (Green terminal): 5V (only supports 5V input, do not connect over 5V, maximum current supports 3A)

How do we program the Kittenbot Iobit : The Kittenbot Iobit when used with a BBC micro:bit can be programmed using either the Makecode Block Editor, using Javascript within the Makecode editor, using the Mu Python editor or using Kittenblock (Based on Scratch 3.0). You can find each of these options listed at the Kittenbot Software Download website.

Let’s look at each of the programming platforms very briefly –

  1. The Block Editor is a visual editor and provides an introduction to structured programming via drag and drop coding blocks that snap together. You can also convert a Block Editor script into Javascript which helps with the transition to text-based programming. Find out more at the Makecode for BBC micro:bit website.
  2. For those who have been working on Block based programming for a while and are considering moving to Javascript, the Makecode Arcade development platform offers you the flexibility to write code in Javascript too. In-fact all the block based code that you write can be directly translated to Javascript. Javascript is also back in popularity as a web programming language for development of interactive websites. Find out more at the Makecode for BBC micro:bit website.
  3. You can also use Kittenblock which is a block based programming language based on Scratch 3.0. You can read up more and download the Kittenblock software at the Kittenbot Software Download website. Documentation for Kittenblock can be access through the following link  – Kittenblock Scratch 3 tutorials.
  4. MicroPython is a completely text-based programming language, perfect for those who want to push their coding skills further. A selection of ‘tutorials’ are on hand to help auto-complete trickier tasks and a range of pre-made images and music are built-in to give you a helping hand with your code.  Read more at the Micropython website.

 

What’s included in the kit – Here’s a listing of all the components included in this kit –

  1. 1 x Kittenbot Robotbit
  2. Not included: BBC micro:bit, Kittenbot Meowbit

Programming the Kittenbot Robotbit – Programming the Kittenbot Robotbit is easy. All you need to do is head over to the Makecode website, launch the BBC Makecode editor and add a custom package called, “robotbit”. Once you’ve added the custom package you should be able to use it’s different features to code your robot.

Development Tracks & Tutorials – Access the documentation and tutorials for this kit at – KidzCanCode.com

If you are keen to start programming with the BBC micro:bit we have you covered. We offer a range of FREE development tracks and tutorials through our digital Learning Management System (LMS) at KidzCanCode.  Our FREE development tracks and tutorials let you get started with block based programming, python programming, game development of even the fundamentals of electronics using the BBC micro:bit. Here’s a list of the development tracks and tutorials on offer. Check out the KidzCanCode website to learn more.

  1. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – I
  2. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – II
  3. Exploring coding concepts using the BBC micro:bit – III
  4. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – I
  5. Introduction to electronics using the BBC micro:bit – II
  6. Design interactive games using the BBC micro:bit
  7. Introduction to MicroPython using the BBC micro:bit
  8. Kitronik Inventors kits for the BBC micro:bit

Please use the contact us form to drop us a note with ideas for tutorials and development tracks. We are always looking for ideas and constructive input. Alternatively you can reach us at oztoylib@hack2.live.

 

Additional information

Weight0.120 kg
Dimensions11.2 × 9.2 × 5.1 cm

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