Experiment with wireless IR control of 4 motor outputs. Lab is available as
Build Your Own® Kit (for advanced students) or buy already assembled. Kit
versions require soldering and assembly and are for advanced students. Optional
Robotics Vehicle Base (not included) to build and experiment with sold separately
(see right). Grades 9 and up.
The transmitter uses infrared light to transmit commands to the
receiver. Visual and audible methods are used to demonstrate methods of infrared
communication. Each transmitter/controller can control 3 motors and a solenoid.
The first and second motor are assumed to be connected to the wheels and the
control forward, backward, left and right movements. For the third motor the
controller can control the left and right direction of movement. The controller
can turn the solenoid on and off. Simple switch interface, easy to hold and
The microcontroller-based receiver module measures just a bit over
size. Screw terminal for the motors and the solenoid are used for easy access
and modifications. Four bi-color LEDs visually indicate the state of each motor
driver. A bank of small switches selects one of the sixteen supported devices.
IR Control Receiver & Transmitter Kits. Both kits require soldering.