Build your SumoBot WX

What it's about

This tutorial guides you through building your SumoBot WX Robots.  These robots are designed for wrestling, and meet the Mini Sumo competition rules: maximum 10 x 10 cm footprint, and maximum weight of 500 grams.

The standard SumoBot WX has two drive wheels and a front scoop designed for pushing or flipping over its opponent.  It includes two sets of sensors: QTI line sensors to keep the robot on the playing surface, and infrared emitter/detector pairs used to locate its opponent.

The SumoBot WX control board features a removable Propeller FLiP module brain, and many ports for accessories. 

Before you start

You will need:

  • SumoBot WX Competition Kit, or a single SumoBot WX robot
  • A computer with a USB 2.0 compatible port, Chrome browser
  • Eight AA batteries:
    • 1.2V Tenergy NiMH rechargeable batteries, strongly recommended for the longest run time
      — or —
    • 1.5 V Alkaline batteries, about 30 minutes run time

After you finish

You will be ready to start programming your SumoBot WX robots! The next tutorials will show you how to make your robots drive, use its sensors, and wrestle in the competition ring.
After mastering the basics, you may add a Ping))) Distance Sensor, a tilt sensor, or a ESP8266 WiFi module for wireless programming and remote control.