Hack-E-Bot: affordable + open source robot for all

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Oct

01

Hack-E-Bot is getting a brain upbraid

The original Hack-E-Bot kit was designed to start kids off with the Adafruit Trinket, a small Arduino chip, for use as the robots brain. The Trinket is quite powerful for it’s size but somewhat limiting for a robot. We have now decided to upgrade that brain to the Adafruit Trinket Pro with no additional change in the price of the kit.

Some limitations of the Trinket come down to it’s ATtiny85 processor. The 8K of flash memory and 512 bytes of RAM just will not support the full range of Arduino code. The Trinket also has 2 Digital pins and 3 Analog/Digital pins, though two of those pins are also used for programming the chip and that does present some issues.

On the other hand, the Trinket Pro uses the Atmega328P processor to provide 28K of flash memory, and 2K of RAM. The Trinket Pro can be programmed by using a USB cable or with an FTDI programmer, for more advanced access to the processor. The chip can also support many more sensors with 12 Digital pins and 6 Analog/Digital pins for a total of 18 dedicated GPIO pins to play with. This chip is almost identical to the Arduino Uno, but much smaller and will ensure that you have plenty of power for even the most complex robots.

This is like increasing the Hack-E-Bot’s brain power by over 300% and, as I said before, the price of the basic kit is not affected by this upgrade!

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Product Choices

$42

Hack-E-Bot - Early Bird

Early bird Kit. You get a full Hack-E-Bot kit ready to go. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange. Limited to the first 15 backers.


$47

Hack-E-Bot

You get a full Hack-E-Bot kit ready to go. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange.


$67

Specialty Hack-E-Bot

Receive a Specialty Bot. You’ll get a Hack-E-Bot kit made from a wider range of colors and with the special message of your choice laser engraved on the chassis. You will also be helping to support getting Hack-E-Bots into the hands of children from low income households. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, Orange, Dark Blue, Red, White, Transparent Red, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Green, Transparent Blue, Transparent Orange.


$87

Get One, Give One Hack-E-Bot

Get a Hack-E-Bot for you and we give a Hack-E-Bot to a kid for free. The Hack-E-Bot that you donate will go to one of the many children that will take part in the first S.T.E.M. path program designed around this robotics platform and delivered by RaaSIO. As part of that program, each child will keep a log of all that they are learning from the Hack-E-Bot. This log will be publicly posted on the Hack-E-Bot website for all to see. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange.


$157

S.T.E.A.M. Hack-E-Bot

RaaSIO is all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. So at this level, you will receive a very special S.T.E.A.M. addition of the Hack-E-Bot. The kit is laser cut from wood, sanded, stained and varnished for a vintage Steampunk look. It will still function just like the original Hack-E-Bot, but looks even better on display. Select between your choice of natural wood, or a cherry wood stain. Limited to the first 5 backers.


$21

Hardware-only DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot except for the chassis and the microcontroller. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. Files are available for free so that you can cut or 3D print your own chassis to match what comes in the fully assembled offering. Since the Adafruit Trinket Pro microcontroller is not included, you can use any controller you want to make your robot go. We can even make a few suggestions for some good controllers and have a full instruction video available on the Hack-E-Bot website before your kit is shipped by mid-December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$27

Hardware + Controller DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot except for the chassis. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. Files are available for free so that you can cut or 3D print your own chassis to match what comes in the fully assembled offering. Ships in December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$39

Hardware + Controller + Chassis DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. When all is done you will have everything that is included in the regular version but for a lower price. A full instruction video will be available on the Hack-E-Bot website before your kit is shipped by mid December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$180

10-pack Hardware-only DIY Kit


$240

10-pack Hardware + Controller DIY Kit


$330

10-pack Hardware + Controller + Chassis DIY Kit

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Hack-E-Bot

Robotics for regular people.


richard albritton

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