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LINUSBot – Line Follower Robot using Arduino

The operation of this Robot is quite simple.

Infra-red sensors placed at the front of the chassis  will monitor when our Robot is over a black line or when it is over a white background.
In this project we will use the appropriate rounded chassis to the Robot.
In case the robot being on the black line, it will always go ahead, and in the case of out of line and fall into a white area, it will determine whether to correct to the left or right, and thus remain on the black line.
Line Follower Robot
The sensors that will be used is  the array infrared sensor Pololu (also called reflectance sensors) QTRx8RC, that consists of eight sensors (only five are used) QRE1113GR.

This array has a digital output and can easily be managed using the appropriate library of Pololu, for determine the position of the line relative to the sensors.

This array of sensors can be broken in a array with 6 sensors and another with 2 sensors.
For more information about the sensors array , visit:

http://www.pololu.com/catalog/product/961

In this first project, we will use a raw control for our robot, ie we are concerned to keep the robot following the line …
The Robot will run in a track and we will note that the motions of the robot will be somewhat “robotic”, ie: not very smooth, but jerky.

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Step 1: The track

The track will be made of a piece of white cardstock and black electrical tape.
The bend ought to a minimum diameter 6″ or greater.
Below we have two examples of track

Step 3: Chassis Project

The chassis was constructed with a 3 mm piece of acrylic in a rounded format with slots for the wheels.
See the screenshots below (sorry but is in Portuguese) but can have a general idea.

Step 4: Schematic Diagram

Lets go to the pinouts:
Schematic Line Follower Robot
1 – The motors are connected to the output pins of the H-Bridge (care about to the polarity);
2 – The 9V battery is connected to VCC (+) and GND (-) of the H-Bridge;
3 – Pins in1, in2, in3 and in4 of H-bridge are connected to the arduino pins: 10, 11, 5 and 6 respectively;
4 – Pins 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the QTR sensor, are connect to the pins A0, A1, A2, A3 and A4 (notice that the sensor 1 should be the most left);
5 – The LCD is connect as showed in the diagram: pins R / W – 13, Enable – 12, data – 9, 8, 7 and 4 (it dependent of the type of yours display);


Major Components in Project

1 X Arduino UNO, Mega, Duemilanove or Teensy + + 2.0
1 x prototype shield (optional) (highly recommended)
1 x dual H-BRIDGE
2 x Gear Box with 30:1 of ratio transmission and associated DC motor
2 x wheels 3″
2 x 9V Batteries 400 mA / h
2 x 9V battery clip
1 x Ball caster (third wheel)
wires and cables for connections
screws, nuts, washers, spacers for mounting
2 x acrylic parts for cutting the chassis
tools in general

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