2 mBot Software and Sensors

The mBot is built atop several well-established open platforms, and benefits from decades of development. While this pedigree means the mBot is fantastically capable, simple questions like, “How do I control my mBot?” can have frustratingly long answers filled with branching paths and “Yes, but . . .” answers. In this chapter we’ll cover the entire range of control options for the mBot, from the supplied infrared (IR) remote, to wireless control from a computer or tablet. We’ll end with fully uploaded, autonomous operation.

Default Program Options

The mBot arrives out of the box programmed with three different modes, controlled by the IR remote. You can tell this program is currently loaded because of the distinctive ...

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