Pi Droid Alpha is a robot controller for the Raspberry Pi designed for education.
Photo 1: PiDroidAlpha shown after it is assembled
Photo 2: PiDroidAlpha kit of parts (what you get)
Photo 3: Different angle showing PiDroidAlpha after it is assembled
Photo 4: Showing an example of a PiDroidAlpha based robot (work in progress, not included)
PiDroidAlpha is an all-in-one solution with:
to the Raspberry Pi - everything you need (other than the Pi) to build an educational robot!
Note: Pi Droid Alpha is sold in unassembled kit form. Photo above shows an assembled Pi Droid Alpha for illustration purposes
Pi Droid Alpha is for all current Raspberry Pi Models!
PiDroidAlpha can be used with existing popular Raspberry Pi libraries such as
I have also made a RoboPi API compatible Python library, so you will be able to use the same Python source code for both PiDroidAlpha and RoboPi based robots (with very few limitations)
I wrote an article for the January 2014 issue of Servo showing how to build a simple Raspberry Pi based robot by adding an inexpensive motor driver and a simple circuit for servo control (on a prototyping board).
Later, I designed PiDroidAlpha and RoboPi, and I released RoboPi first due to an issue with the first run of PiDroidAlpha printed circuit boards.
Teachers loved RoboPi, but asked for a cheaper board that required less soldering and also had a motor driver on-board.
PiDroidAlpha is designed specifically for the educational market, and it is the only board you need to add to a Raspberry Pi for smaller educational robots.
There is no need to have a separate servo controller board, separate analog to digital converter board, and separate motor driver - and no birds nest of wires to connect it all to your Raspberry Pi!
Students (and hobbyists) will get a feeling of accomplishment from soldering their own controller kit.
I also have a support forum for PiDroidAlpha at http://forums.mikronauts.com
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My name is Bill, and I am addicted to robotics & electronics.
I am the owner, CEO, CTO and chief bottle washer of Mikronauts.
I am a consultant specializing in custom software and hardware solutions largely for industrial control clients – which is not very surprising as I have over 30 years experience in industrial control (as programmer/analyst, systems analyst, systems architect and technical project manager), and I also design and sell robotics and educational products.