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1. Introduction

Welcome to the Operator Interface Kit! This will guide you through the steps in assembling the hardware operator interface to command Bowie the robot. It can have different modes, and with 6 buttons, there are lots of possibilities for having Bowie do a variety of routines. The battery is not included with this kit. The way to power it is through a usb battery pack, connected to the usb port on the Teensy 3.2. Please note that the Xbee is not included with this kit. Rather, it is the ‘comms add-on pack’, which will be necessary for your Bowie Brain to communicate with the Operator Interface. Let’s get started making this!

Tools required:

  • Soldering iron
  • Solder (your choice – lead free or leaded)
  • Third hand tool
  • Desolder wick braid, or desoldering tool (just in case there are mistakes along the way)
  • Diagonal cutters
  • Painters tape
  • Screwdriver with bit kit
  • Arduino and usb cable for testing
  • Jumper wires
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue stick
  • Xacto knife

Please note, when you are cutting the leads with diagonal cutters, to be cautious and wear eye protection. Sometimes the leads can accidentally go flying in weird directions, and you don’t want to get hurt.

Here are all the components in the Operator Interface Kit. Make sure to check the parts that are in your kit to familiarize yourself with them before beginning!

The kit includes the 3D printed pieces, two circuit boards, components, and fasteners. As well as the Teensy 3.2. See above for the additional tools that you will need.

Note: This photo shows the Xbee, however the Xbee is not included with this kit.

There will be two halves to this assembly project. The first half is the display portion – this is the circuit board for it.

The second half is the keypad portion – this is the circuit board for it.

Here is what the final product looks like. This is what we will be making.
Home Warm up: resistors and capacitors →

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