Here is a quick guide to some of the terms we speak about the most. Arduino, IMU, WiFi, BLE… there is a lot to wrap your mind around!
RoboHeart is an electronics board that you can use in your Maker projects. It’s a great way to improve your STEM skills, regardless of your current skill level.
What can you do with RoboHeart?
There are a lot of exciting Smartphone-controlled projects you can make with this board:
- build a fitness tracker
- adjust lighting in your home
- control RC cars (with augmented reality!)
- monitor rainfall and temperature
- stop your wireless vacuum cleaner from running into walls!
- build a one-board Balancing Bot
- …and much more!
RoboHeart is Arduino-Compatible
Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform that you can use to program your RoboHeart to do some pretty cool things. RoboHeart comes with an open-source Arduino Library on GitHub. It’s got resources for Makers of all skill levels, including reading the IMU sensor data (read on for more about IMU) and connecting your RC car with your smartphone.
RoboHeart has both WiFi and Bluetooth
Depending on your application needs, you can choose either one! WiFi generally requires more power, while BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is optimal for battery-operated applications and can connect to your project for up to 50 metres.
What’s an IMU?
An Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) is normally a separate add-on for circuit boards… but RoboHeart has it built-in! It is a very common sensor in smartphones, tablets and fitness trackers, used for sensing motion and orientation.