Wheeled robots are not only perhaps the most fun introduction to the robotic world, they can also be used to carry out simple practical tasks. They introduce the user not just to the skills needed to build and engineer robots but also the programming required to make them move, carry objects or explore their surroundings.
Various different kits are available allowing you to build 2, 3, 4 & 6 wheel robot types. Some models are based on the popular Arduino microcontrollers and include features like bumper sensors and ultrasonic range finders allowing them to be used for a range of tasks. Aluminium alloy chassis make for robust construction whilst also being easy to assemble.
Some wheeled mobile robots have conventional drive configurations where others use omni wheel systems that mean they can move in any direction by changing the direction and speed of the wheels, all of which are individually powered, without changing their orientation.
At the top of the range are wheeled robots like the Q.bo which is an open source platform that provides a basis for developments in artificial intelligence and social robotics. It can therefore be used to promote robot use in people’s everyday lives. Not only can it move around it has motorised eyelids and an LED mouth that can be used to make the robot express emotions.
Whatever you’re looking for from a wheeled robot there is a choice of types and configurations to meet your needs and plenty of opportunity to customise your choice to carry out specific tasks.