Let's Make Robots!

RocketBot Robots

A perfect beginner to intermediate test bed



I introduce you to the RocketBot Family of Robots.

Brought to you by Rocket Brand Studios, the RocketBot robots are perfect for the beginner and advanced robotic hobbyist alike. Solid construction, quality design and a plethora of available accessories makes the RocketBot robots a perfect choice.

Every kit comes complete with everything needed to get going --The only extra things needed are a sync cable or programming board, 4 aaa rechargeable batteries and your imagination. One can easily solder and assemble one of these guys in an afternoon with simple hand tools. 

The RocketBot Family of robots include all popular flavors --Arduino, Picaxe and Propeller!

Picaxe and Arduino kits include:


  • Step-by-step assembly instructions via Instructables
  • Tutorials to get you from a blinking LED to autonomous drive
  • Printable "Cheat Sheet" to help you keep track of pins, variables and other important info
  • PCB Chassis
  • All hardware, components, pins and doo-dads
  • (2) GM9 motors, steel brackets and wheels
  • Wicked-Awesome twin tailwheels
  • Microcontroller
  • Motordriver
  • Battery Holder
  • Sharp distance sensor (with pigtail terminated in 3-pin servo-style connector)
  • Laser-cut acrylic sensor bracket
  • Micro Servo
  • Breadboard Space
  • Goodie bag of a couple/few LED's and the like to get you started
  • Mounting provisions and wiring for optional line follow sensor
  • Room for optional 3.3v regulator kit
  • Connections for optional pan and tilt kit
  • The Picaxe version also includes touch button contacts on-board

In conclusion, the RocketBot robots are just gosh-darn-good platforms. Period.

The Picaxe version can be found here.
The Arduino version can be found here.

*note the line follow video shows the optional line follow sensor board



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Great robots Chris! I kind of had a similar idea some time ago and I was asked to make something like a combination between your design and the SF Ardubot. A custom PCB where a user can attach motors, battery, caster, plug in an Arduino, shields, servos, etc. I looked at your PCB and it is way simpler than mine. Why? Because I was fiddling with an Arduino that can be plugged on the bottom leaving almost no room for motors and battery. Also, the top needs to be clear for other shields but also have a prototyping zone, space for servo and sensor connectors. So yeah, I was impressed by your design simplicity.


I think you and I designed the same thing. The first version of the Arduino bot was actually designed around the Duemilanove (and/or uno) in an "undermount" configuration. I ran into the same issues you describe. No room left for anything else. I swear, I fiddled with that design over and over --I even tried to use (4) single-AA holders and tried to put the 4 batts in 4 different locations around the board. Yup, in the end, the math was just not there (maybe not the math, maybe geometry). You are actually looking at about version 4 or 5 of the RocketBot robots here. Versions 2,3 and 4 were actually even put to PCB (you should see how many semi-unusable copies I have laying around!) --I dunno, maybe I will have a yard sale soon. 

At any rate, I appreciate your kind words. --Oh, and by the way, I have a little tank bot that I finished (I am kitting it now) that actually does fit the Uno and Duemilanove (it also fits the GG Prop board and the Picaxe 28x board). It will (at first) be sold as "chassis and harware only" without brains or motors. I was going to suggest folks use your Builder's Shield if they go the Arduino route. --Didn't you say that you had a friend that was selling your boards? I would love a link.

Yeah, fiddling with 4 batteries I did too. I played with a version modeled like a formula 1 car, but I wanted a multipurpose bot, not just a fast line follower. I still don't have anything deffinitive yet.

Thanks for your appreciation too, I saw your tank in the G+ video, nicely done. You have far more time to play with this stuff and got ahead of me greatly. Good for you. I might take you out on your laser cut offer.

I wanted the robot to have a breadboard in the front, so a beginner can play with LDRs, IR proximity sensors, etc, just like with a BOE-Bot. Then again, having the pan servo in the middle of the board is another good thing, as most distance sensors have a dead range close by, but a bunch of wires in front of it (from the breadboard) can obstruct the panning sensor. But, that might teach one to set it's wires nice and tidy. So many things to consider...

About the RBS, do you need a link to an assembled board? See it here.


I did, actually. Or at least I started to. I wanted it there because it is much better in terms of the linking etc. However, there is no way to add a video via a components post. I tried to do it via HTML and embed the video, but I could not figure it out and I didn't want a silly link to an external video. I don't think I should do a double post (both places) and I guess I will loose the video if I have to but there has to be a better way! There are going to be more of these coming so I would like to get this one figured out before I go too far. Lemme know your thoughts.

Everything you need right there, well done. I'm a big fan of those mini breadboards, A+ Very excited for you and your company "lifting off" :)