Now you can set your Bumper Bot free! First, set the bot down on a smooth surface, such as a workbench or floor. Then, turn on the Crickit's power switch. It will boot up, light the NeoPixel ring yellow, play a startup beep, and move the servo mounted flag. Press the A button, and off it goes!

When it hits a wall or other solid obstacle, the accelerometer will sense the shake and reverse the motors, then turn, and start going forward again.

If the bot hits a soft obstacle it may not be enough to trigger the accelerometer shake detection, so you will need to help your robot friend along a bit! You can see this in the above video.

Should your bot begin to behave strangely, such as running forever in reverse after a collision, or not moving consistantly - replace the batteries! Low batteries can't supply enough current and will cause the board to reboot or odd/slow behavior!

Have fun running your robot! You can create obstacle courses with coffee cans filled with sand or rocks, or even build two bots and have them battle each other for space!

This guide was first published on Jun 13, 2018. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Bumper Bot in Action) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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