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:MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)

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The Kitronik :MOVE mini buggy kit for the BBC micro:bit is a fun introduction to the world of robotics. Once built it can be coded for a variety of activities.

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The Kitronik :MOVE mini buggy kit for the BBC micro:bit provides a fun introduction to robotics. The :MOVE mini is a 2 wheeled robot that is suitable for autonomous operation, remote control projects via a Bluetooth application or being controlled using a second BBC micro:bit as a controller via the microbits radio functionality.

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The Kitronik :MOVE mini is powered by two continuous rotation servo motors. The speed of these servo’s can be controlled by simply altering the PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) signal to the servo, which is easy to do using the Servo blocks in the Microsoft MakeCode Block editor. We have also produced Kitronik custom blocks for the Servo:Lite to make the task of coding as quick and painless as possible, see the resources section at the foot of this page for more information.

The buggy also has 5 x RGB individually addressable ZIP LEDs (NeoPixel compatible), which can be used as indicators, reverse lights etc...

It is possible to add a pen or other extra parts to the kit to increase the range of tasks for which it can be used. The BBC micro:bit is sold separately and the kit requires simple assembly, buy the microbit here.

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The included Kitronik :MOVE servo:lite board can also be used in conjunction with a BBC micro:bit to build other movement based projects. We've produced a wide range of tutorials and guides that can be found in the resources section below. We have guides detailing; how to control a third servo, how to code the buggy to draw shapes, how to write code for the on-board ZIP LEDs, how to code the buggy for Bluetooth control and how to use a second microbit as a controller.

We have also produced a number of add-ons for :MOVE mini, each with their own guides and code downloads. If you are looking for guides for a specific add-on, they can be found via the links below;

Note:

  • This kit requires mechanical assembly.
  • If using this kit in conjunction with an add-on them some soldering maybe required.

Features:

  • The kit offers a fun introduction to the world of DIY robotics.
  • Add code for autonomous operation.
  • Use in conjunction with an App and control it over Bluetooth.
  • Use the radio function and a second microbit as a controller.
  • Attach a pen and code the robot to draw shapes.

Contents:

Dimensions:

  • Length: 80mm.
  • Width: 65mm.
  • Height: 70mm.

Resources:

Note:

  • Once the Servo:Lite board is attached to the microbit there is a maximum clearance of 6mm for the plastic sheath of the USB cable. Our noodle cables and the cable which is supplied in the official Go pack both fit.
Servo Lite USB cable
  1. Just great Review by Dan
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    I bought 3 of these for my kids and they are so much fun I had to get one for myself as well to get in on the action! They need building with a bit of care but with a little supervision the kids built them without issue. (Posted on 28/12/2017)

  2. Great... but hard to build Review by T
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    I bought these to do some intro-robotics classes in our Library. I had intended to get the kids to build them in pairs, but did a test-build first and I'm so glad I did. It is almost impossible to screw the wheels to the horn tight enough to get them flush like the picture. Leaving them looser allows too much wobble. It took me twenty minutes just to get one screw flush. I know the holes have to be tight, but it was very frustrating. (Posted on 14/11/2017)


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Posted by Nikola, Thursday, 1 March 2018 on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Nikola, The Servo: lite board was designed so the On/Off switch replicates the reset button being pressed. As such if you turn the Servo: lite board off, then hold A & B and turn the board back on it will enter pairing mode.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 5 January 2018
Posted by Robert, Thursday, 1 February 2018 on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Robert, The most likely cause is either that the screw connections on the micro:bit to the Servo: lite board aren’t tight enough or that there could be an issue with the Servo: lite board itself. If both servo’s are working the first thing to check would be the screw used to mount the micro:bit which relates to the servo not working. On the Servo :lite board it will indicate servo 1 and 2, if its servo 1 then it is pin 1, servo 2 is pin 2 on the micro:bit. If that is not the issue it would be checking the pin headers on the Servo board and the connector on the servo. If this doesn’t resolve it drop us an email to support@kitronik.co.uk and we will advise further.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 4 January 2018
Posted by Marco Thiel, Monday, 11 December 2017 on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Marco, I’m really sorry to hear you didn’t receive an instruction booklet. This should have been included in the box with all the parts. If you contact us via either sales@kitronik.co.uk or support@kitronik.co.uk with your order number and if possible the batch number, (this is located on the box, on the white label) we can arrange to get one sent out to you.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 13 November 2017
Posted by Matthias, Sunday, 8 October 2017 on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Matthias, Thank you for contacting us regarding your :MOVE mini buggy. I have doubled checked into both of your issues, the first regarding the wheels wobbling in and out can occur very slightly and this shouldn’t cause an effect on the driving of the buggy. If there is a large amount of wobble then it may be there is an issue with the assembly of the buggy, if you have further issues with this drop us a video through to support@kitronik.co.uk for us to take a look at. For your second issues regarding the servo’s turning at different speeds there is a manufacturing tolerance on the servo’s as such at lower speeds you are likely to get them turning slightly different. It is possible to resolve this using the servo write pin block, the servo’s on connected to pins 1 and 2. Setting the value to 180 will be full speed in one direction, 0 will be full speed in the opposite direction and 90 should make them stop. So if you wanted to creep in one direction you would set one servo to maybe 20, then the quicker servo to say 15 to allow for the difference in turning speed. I hope this helps.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 11 August 2017
Posted by Leona So, Sunday, 8 January 2017 on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Leona, The micro:bit would need to be mounted on the servo:lite board while you want to use the buggy. However there wouldn’t be anything stopping you from removing the micro:bit from the buggy when you want to complete other projects.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Posted by Mr M, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hello, As the :MOVE mini is designed to be used via the micro:bit it is technically possible to use micro python to code the micro:bit and as such this kit. However we haven’t tried this our self, there is a guide for using micro python which micro:bit have created themselves, https://www.microbit.co.uk/python-guide
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 16 June 2017
Posted by Tony Golinski, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: In theory another wheel could be attached as they simply attach directly onto the servos. However there may not be sufficient clearance for the wheel to fit and none of the other wheels we stock would be suitable.
    Posted by Cullen Lewis on Thursday, 22 June 2017
Posted by Tony, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Tony, The Chassis is made from laser cut perspex such as can be found in our materials section under Perspex and Acrylic Sheets.
    Posted by Cullen Lewis on Monday, 26 June 2017
Posted by Angus Fileman, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Angus, Unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to supply the files for this item. However if you drop us an email to sales@kitronik.co.uk with the details of which parts are broken we will see what we can do.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 6 July 2017
Posted by meeri, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Meeri, we have a weight of the product listed on our system as 240g, this will include the box and booklet along with all the parts.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Posted by Cris, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi Chris, Unfortunately we don’t have the design files available to send over, and although you could buy all the individual components such as screws (in packs of 100), servo’s and Servo:Lite board you wouldn’t also be able to obtain an instruction booklet for building and coding the :MOVE mini.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 19 October 2017
Posted by JOHN STOUT, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hi John, It is very unlikely that you have done something wrong. Due to the design of them MOVE: mini we were limited on the amount of clearance we could give. As such if the USB cable you are using is 6mm or over then it would possibly cause an issue. Adding an additional spacer wouldn’t be an issue it would however likely mean the front ‘T’ shaped piece that sits and holds the Servo: lite board and micro:bit in place won’t fit. We have made a note of this on the Servo: lite product page, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5623-servolite-board-for-move-mini.html
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Posted by Kiera Bewsy, on product :MOVE mini buggy kit (excl micro:bit)
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    A: Hello Kiera, If the Servo: Lite board hasn’t been modified you would need to follow this first, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/blog/3-servos-with-the-servolite-board/. This would then disable the ZIP LED’s and enable the 3rd servo option.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 2 January 2018

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Calibrating 360 Degree Servos For :MOVE mini
This is a guide for calibrating 360-degree servos for use with :MOVE mini for the BBC microbit. To make the task a little easier we created a couple of custom blocks for the Microsoft MakeCode editor.
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Getting Started With The Servo:Lite Board
In this getting started guide for the Servo:Lite board for the BBC microbit we cover; attaching the Servo:Lite board to a microbit, the microbit pin assignments, and how to write code to control the lights on the board and the servos that are connected to it.
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Guide For Coding Indicators On The :MOVE mini
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Guide For Automatic Headlights For :MOVE mini
Learn how to code automatic headlights for the :MOVE mini buggy in the Microsoft PXT Editor and have the buggies lights turn on and off automatically and also to dim or brighten in response to changes in light level.
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Drawing With The :MOVE mini For The microbit
The :MOVE mini has a hole in the boot lid designed to accept a marker pen, such as a Sharpie, for line drawing. All it takes is the sharpie and some code. This guide will show you how to get started with both the PXT editor for the BBC microbit using both blocks and also Java Script.
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Controlling :MOVE mini With The microbit Radio
In this resource we are going to look at some code we’ve produced that allows you to control :MOVE mini by tilting a second micro:bit and transmitting that information to the micro:bit that is attached to the Servo:Lite board in the :MOVE mini buggy.
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Adding Bluetooth Remote Control To :MOVE mini
In this resource we’d like to show you how to add Bluetooth remote control to :MOVE mini for the BBC microbit with the PXT editor.
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We've created some custom servo blocks for the PXT editor that anyone can use and that make the job of coding as quick and as painless as possible. Find out how to use them.
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Using Kitronik ZIP LEDs With The BBC microbit
In this practical guide for Kitronik ZIP LEDs, we cover; what ZIP LEDs are, how they work and how to write code for them, using the Microsoft PXT Editor.
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Controlling 3 Servos With The Servo:Lite board
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