TurtleCore expansion board simplifies mobile robotic dev
6/8/2012 12:09 PM EDT
The TurtleCore from Gumstix, Inc., is a new low-cost expansion board that enables robotics enthusiasts to build robots easily and cost-effectively using the iRobot Create Platform. The TurtleCore expansion board, in combination with a Gumstix Overo or Overo STORM series COM, integrates directly into the iRobot Create, eliminating the need for a netbook to operate the mobile robot or interface with camera inputs.
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The TurtleCore expansion board connects directly to the Create via DB25 port, drawing power for and providing control to an Overo COM. This fully functional computer includes three USB 2.0 Ports and has a form factor tailored specifically for the Create, where alternative computing platforms will not fit.
The TurtleCore expansion board offers several advantages to Create developers:
- Fits in the cargo bay of an iRobot Create Programmable Robot with room to spare for sensors, a bigger battery, or even additional COMs.
- Draws power for the COM directly from the Create so there is only one battery to charge. The inherent low power requirement of Overo and Overo STORM COMs coupled with software control of the Create power system ensures maximum range.
- Three USB ports and two breakout headers for useful signals from the Create and the Gumstix COM simplify the addition of sensors and actuators. Also includes standoffs and screws for secure mounting.
The TurtleCore expansion board retails for $89, and, along with the Overo or Overo STORM COMs, can be purchased directly from Gumstix website