4Tronix Bit:Bot - now there is a good idea.

When I first heard of this robot, my first thought was what a great idea; a robot with neopixels (I know I should be saying 'smart RGB LEDs' but neopixels is so much more snappier) controlled via a micro:bit.





A good starting point for learning more about this robot, is the details on the 4Tronix site/blog, which includes build guidance and programming instructions for micropython and PXT. Though for the micropython code you might need to change pinX.digital_write() to pinX.write_digital() where X is the pin number.

My play code was to randomly select which neopixels to light up, I didn't include code to turn them off so multiple ones can be on. The robot is driven forwards, waits, backward, waits, turns to the right and then the left; and then repeats. 

Code:
from microbit import *
import neopixel, random

np = neopixel.NeoPixel(pin13, 12)

def forward(n):
    pin0.write_digital(1)
    pin8.write_digital(0) 
    pin1.write_digital(1)
    pin12.write_digital(0)
    sleep(n*1000)
    
def halt(n):
    pin0.write_digital(0)
    pin8.write_digital(0)
    pin1.write_digital(0)
    pin12.write_digital(0)
    sleep(n*1000)
    
def backward(n):
    pin0.write_digital(0)
    pin8.write_digital(1) 
    pin1.write_digital(0)
    pin12.write_digital(1)
    sleep(n*1000)

def right_turn(n):
    pin0.write_digital(1)
    pin8.write_digital(0) 
    pin1.write_digital(0)
    pin12.write_digital(1)
    sleep(n*1000)

def left_turn(n):
    pin0.write_digital(0)
    pin8.write_digital(1) 
    pin1.write_digital(1)
    pin12.write_digital(0)
    sleep(n*1000)

while True:
    pxl=random.randint(1,11)
    rd=random.randint(1,32)
    gr=random.randint(1,32)
    bl=random.randint(1,32)
    t1=random.randint(10,100)
    np[pxl] = (rd, gr, bl)
    np.show()
    forward(1)
    halt(1)
    backward(1)
    halt(1)
    right_turn(1)

    left_turn(1)

The video below shows it in action, the code is simple but this is a lovely robot to program especially if the mu editor is used.





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