Adafruit has introduce a new robotics shield to their range of development board with the launch of the PhoBot robotics shield for Photon that is now available to purchase for $19.95.
The Particle Photon board formally known as Spark, equipped with a PhoBot Robotics shield created by Simon Monk to make controlling small robots a breeze.
The board measures just 51 x 51 x 12.0mm in size and comes with an accompanying C library to support the SparkCore or Photon controlling robots.
The board features bi-directional motor control using a TB6612 dual H-bridge, so it can control one stepper motor or two brushed DC motors with 4.5-13VDC power and about 1A current draw per motor. There’s also two open drain 2A MOSFET outputs for things like solenoids or large LEDs.
There’s a socket for a HC-SR04 sonar sensor, and a socket breakout available to use with 5V i2c interface sensors. The board provides 5V regulated power to Photon or Core with a max input voltage of 12V.
For more information on the new PhoBot Robotics shield jump over to the Adafruit website for details.
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