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Affordable Robtics Platform ( ARP ) USB v1 introduction

ARP is aimed at introducing affordable robotics in India / Third World countries. Our aim is to introduce a robotics platform with is around USD 20 and is capable of basic feats like line following line following, Object avoidance , photovhore , remote control while being scalable/reprogrammable. We are inspired from Asuro , but find it too restricting. So we plan to develop our own. We have tried to cut costs where possible without loosing functionality. Given below is Arduino/Freeduino based ARP USB main board,which will be on sale for about 9.95 USD or Rs 450.


Board Specs - 

Atmega8 main uController
Full arduino compatability with Software and Shields
USB using Custom CDC driver
USB / DC 5v option
Autoreset when programming.

Still a lot has to be done. All Ideas on cutting costs are welcome ...

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does it have servo control?

There will be another motor shield which will go in the final kit , It will give 3 pin connectors for all the I/O ports fot easily connecting servos and other sensors.

 And it will also have a L293 for basic motor control.

very good for a guy with a 6 buck allowance...

you mentioned shields? it supports any shield, right?

@Rudolph, thanks. i didnt wanna be grilled for being a spammer.

Yes it supports all shield which arduino and the likes support.

 Yep the whole idea is to make it affordable , A decent Robot kits costs USD 100 + we are trying to make is under USD 20 so that in bulk when bought for say a classroom it can be even cheaper .... :) . 


This is not realy a money minting plan , I just want to make things affordable for student community in India . Also as it would be DIY you can always make it yourself with a soldering iron and some FeCl3 ;) . 



Sorry, but it is nothing new.

This freeduino kit is only $20.50    http://spiffie.org/kits/freeduino2009/

It looks like a much higher quality kit.

 Freeduino 2009


We already have 20 - 22 USD Freeduino USB in India , Our halfs the cost. You can buy 2 in price of one :) . 

 And this is first proposed beta we would be able to take the costs even lower once we start selling.

 About quality , its just that the lighting is bad , the kit looks fine.

 And about being nothing new ? This is a single sided USB with All DIP components , I havent seen that before. Once we release the files people can make it themselfs too like single sided serial.

When introducng a new product it is critical to do your homework and find what else is availible.

The Severino is a single sided pcb based Arduino. the plans (EAGLE files, toner transfer pd) are here  http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardSerialSingleSided3



Note: your $10 design uses the mminimum Atmega 8 chip, that is 2 generations ago.  The Arduino has progressed from the 8 to the 168  to the 368. All with much more memory.

Come on look at the board atleast , Its a single sided USB :) . 

Also the transistor based TTL convertor is not really reliable :|.  So I also had made a single sided Serial with Max 232 with just 4 wire jumpers which i will release later.

Here is the proto version 1 of Single sided serial i had built ... version 2 has just 4 jumpers 


 As for Mega 168 / 328 once i can source them easily in India i would put them in , they should be just fine. For a start production cost of the board is about the same as the cost of a single ft232rl so for me its an objective achived.

When commenting it is critical that you actually *look* at what you are talking about.

This is a USB Arduino clone that someone can actually make as a hobbyist at home... single-sided board, no FTDI SMD soldering...

Keep up the good work ngcoders!

I come from Indonesia. I am very interested in developing sigle sided USB based Arduino for educational tools. This is has a great potential to become standard tool in our country. When and where it will be released? I need to know yaur time schedule so that I can make planning. Thank you.