The Wild Thumper Pack comes with everything you need to remote control your Wild Thumper and get into High Power, all terrain robotics - with Intelligent Microcontrollers!
The Kit includes the Wild Thumper chassis, the T'Rex Motor Controller, one 7.2V 5000mah LiPo battery and a power switch to manage all the amps this beast consumes, you can choose to add a LiPo charger, a 12v PSU, an RC 2.4Ghz Remote controller and a bluetooth module.
Just assemble everything, load the sample Arduino code supplied and you're good to go.
You can also upgrade your robot with Sensors for Autonomous Behaviour: for example install an Ultrasonic Range Finder in the front of the robot and never crash into a wall again. Check our full range of sensors.
The Arduino Sample code enables control using the included RC remote (PWM signals) or using a Serial Protocol. Using the Serial Protocol you can interface the Wild Thumper with a more powerful Micro Controller such as the RapsberryPI or Beaglebone using the Serial or USB interface onboard.
The chassis’ aluminum plate has 4mm holes spaced every 10mm, providing plenty of options when it comes to mounting your control electronics, sensors, and additional hardware, and with a maximum recommended payload of 5 kg (11 lb), this platform is capable of carrying a lot of cargo! Two compartments in the chassis have been designed to hold 7.2V sub-C battery packs (not included) that are commonly used in RC cars. A total of four such battery packs can fit in these compartments. The interior of the chassis also features convenient screw terminals for connecting your battery and motor driver leads. The motor leads are pre-connected to these screw terminals.
This is a differential-drive chassis, meaning that turning is accomplished by driving the motors on the two sides of the platform at different speeds. The three motors on each side of the robot are wired in parallel, so only two channels of motor control are required to get this chassis moving. The motors are intended for a maximum nominal operating voltage of 7.2 V (2V minimum), and each has a stall current of 6.6 A and a no-load current of 420 mA at 7.2 V. Since the motors will briefly draw the full stall current when abruptly starting from rest (and nearly twice the stall current when abruptly going from full speed in one direction to full speed in the other), we recommend a motor driver capable of supplying the 20A combined per-channel stall current of these motors at 7.2 V. We offer several motor controllers that meet these power requirements and make it easy to get this chassis moving: