Raspberry Pi Robot Controlled by Twitter

We are building a robot from a Raspberry Pi Zero that is controlled by tweets. This is a WIP. Join us on the journey.

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Raspberry Pi Robot Controlled by Twitter

Things used in this project

Hardware components

CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W
I liked this kit because it came with all the adapters and NOOBS pre-installed. The barebones one is $10.
TT Motor and Wheel Kit
There are probably better kits out there. This is the exact one we have. I needed one cheap, fast, and that I could attach an encoder to. You can look around to see if there are others that meet your needs. Adafruit now has higher torque ones. SparkFun has motors kits that come with encoders. SparkFun's version uses Hall Effect sensors.
Incremental Encoder by Tiny Sine
Adafruit sells the plastic part of the encoder, but I don't see the optical sensor part. SparkFun sell motors with Hall Effect encoders. They also sell the Hall Effect encoder separately.
Adafruit DC Motor + Stepper FeatherWing Add-on For All Feather Boards
SparkFun also has motor drivers.
LM2596 DC to DC Buck Converter
Tim got this a long time ago from either Amazon or Ebay.
SparkFun Sharp IR Depth Sensor

Software apps and online services

Fusion 360
Autodesk Fusion 360
You don't need this. This is what we used to create the chassis.

Hand tools and fabrication machines

3D Printer (generic)
3D Printer (generic)


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Work in progress


Code for Pi




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