c-Link Systems introduced the cLS-Trak-Bot, a table-top sized robotic vehicle that allows students and hobbyists to get hand-on experience with autonomous motion. The Trak-Bot’s drive system was created to look and feel like a bulldozer and/or military tank. The tracks are constructed of an elastic material that provides traction without leaving surface marks. The drive wheel is a toothed gear, balanced with the front line wheel to stay on course. Each track has its own drive transmission and motor combination to provide increased reliability and performance. The chassis is constructed of ABS plastic, which reduces weight and allows for custom painting.
Trak-Bot base unit comes with all the drive components, a AA battery holder and a 9V-battery holder. It uses the PSoC® mixed-signal controller from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to manage operations, and users can program the device using Cypress PSoC Express(TM), a visual embedded design software that automatically generates code with no C or Assembly programming (PSoC Express can be downloaded free of charge). A future unit will contain an Altera Cyclone-III(TM) EP3C25 FPGA that can be configured with a 32-bit CPU (NIOS).
“The Trak-Bot is a fun, inexpensive way to learn about robotics in a contained environment,” said William Lovell, CEO of c-Link Systems. “The user’s imagination is the only limitation as to what can be done with the Trak-Bot.”
Price and Availability
The Trak-Bot is available today from the c-Link website. It costs $132 with volume discounts available.
About c-Link Systems
c-Link Systems, Inc., established in 1997, has an extensive background in fiber-optic industrial communications and controls. The founder has an in-depth background in VME, MBI, MBII, and DS3800 bus structures as well as embedded systems and satellite guidance systems. The company has continued to expand into the autonomous vehicle and educational arenas.