Robots & Hardware

There are many possible robots to have for your club. Below are a some possible robots you can purchase. Prices and specific information about the robots are included. We’ve organized specs for your convenience.

ROBOT & HARDWARE PRICE PLACES TO PURCHASE SUMMARY SPECS AND WHAT'S INCLUDED PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE
NXT 2.0 $530 Amazon This a robotics set that has a central computer called the "Intelligent Brick". This brick has 4 inputs for sensors and 3 outputs for servo motors. Recommended for beginner programmers who only utilize functions covered by proprietary LEGO motors and sensors. • Integrated NXT control module
<u>Bundled with:</u>
• Ultrasonic Sensor
• 2 Touch Sensors
• Color Sensor
• 3 motors
• LEGO components
Easy-to-use software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming, can also be utilized with popular programming language variants (e.g. C-NXT)
Arduino $30-$80 Amazon This is a microcontroller board setup that utilizes machine language. It's open source nature and I/O spectrum allow it to have an extremely wide range of functionality.  Recommended for experienced programmers who will utilize many hardware features in their robot. Arduino Uno Rev3 Board
• 16MHz processor
• 16 I/O pins
• 6 analog inputs
• 1x USB 2.0
• Many included components (e.g. breadboard, motor, etc.)
Proprietary Arduino programming language\n with possible expansion to C/C++
Raspberry Pi $38 Amazon This is a relatively closed-source microprocessor with a fully integrated operating system.  As such, it is more based on software functionality than hardware functionality compared to the Arduino.  Recommended for experienced programmers who will pursue more software-based projects or who will integrate extensive software processing into their robots. • 700MHz Broadcom processor
• 512MB RAM
• Ethernet
• HDMI
• 2x USB 2.0
• SD card socket (boots from SD)
• 3.5mm audio out
Python (preloaded), potential for (albeit difficult) expansion