Norwescon Robot Kits

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For those of you that purchased a Hack-E-Bot at the Norwescon 37 Robotics Fair, here is some information on how to assemble your Hack-E-Bot:


Install the Servo Mounts:

  1. Flip the bottom disk over so that the ball wheel is facing down.
  2. Insert the smaller tab of the Servo Mount through the small slot near edge of the bottom disk. The flat side of this part should face the oval wheel slot.
  3. Swing the Servo Mount down to fit the rounded tab into the longer slot in the base disk.
  4. Repeat this process for the other Servo Mounts.

Note: The smaller slot for the right side servo dose open into the larger power switch square cutout. This will still function the same as the other side, though it may look a bit different.

Install the Servos:

  1. Slide the servo into the rectangle cutout in the Servo Mount.
  2. Be sure that the white servo shaft sticks out into the center of the oval wheel slot.
  3. The servo should fit snugly to the back of the Servo Mount.
  4. Repeat this process to install the other servo.

Secure the Servos:

  1. Using your thumb to gently press the servo against the bottom disk, flip the disk over so that the ball wheel is facing up.
  2. Feed one of the included zip-ties through one of the small square holes in either side of the servo.
  3. Flip the bottom disk back over and feed the zip-tie over the servo and under the overhanging servo mount tab.
  4. Continue to feed the zip-tie through the small square hole on the other side of the servo.
  5. Flip the bottom disk back over, feed the zip-tie tail into the head and tighten it down as much as possible with your hands.
  6. If you have a set of pliers, use them to tighten the zip-tie a little more.
  7. Use wire cutters, scissors, or fingernail clippers to cut the end of the zip-tie off.
  8. Repeat these steps for the other servo.

The servos will move slightly, but should not be able to detach from the bottom disk now.

Install the battery box:

  1. Remove the protective film from the top of the Velcro pads on the Servo Mounts.
  2. Place the battery box onto the Servo Mounts ensuring that the power switch is accessible from the large square cutout in the bottom disk.
  3. firmly press the battery box onto the Velcro pads to ensure that they stick.

Note: The Velcro pads will securely hold the battery box onto the Hack-E-Bot wile allowing easy access to change out the batteries.

Attach the wheels:

The wheels should fit onto the Servo shafts on ether side of the Hack-E-Bot.Use the included screws to firmly attach each wheel.

Place batteries into the Battery Box:

  1. Check to see if the power switch is set to Off.
  2. Slide the battery box lid down, then insert the 4 AA batteries.
  3. Close the Box.

Install the vertical spacers:

Each of the Vertical Spacers has a flexible tab at the end. This allows these parts to be installed and removed easily.With two fingers, gently squeeze the tabs together and snap the Spacer into it’s corresponding slot.The Vertical Spacers may fit a little loosely, but that is okay.

Attach the top disk:

Feed the wires from the Servos, Battery Box, and wiring harness through the holes on ether side of the breadboard. Connect the top disk to the top of the Vertical Spacers.



Basic wiring:

The breadboard on the Top Disk has a row of connection points that runs along either of the longest sides. Plug all of the Red (Positive voltage) wires into one side and all of the Black (Ground) wires into the other side. The Servos use a single brown wire for Ground, so be sure to connect that to the same place as the Black wires.Hack-E-Bot_bb

  • A small jumper wire is needed to connect the small Trinket Arduino chip to Power and Ground.
  • The Orange wire from the Right Servo goes to Pin #0 on the Trinket.
  • The Orange wire from the Left Servo goes to Pin #1 on the Trinket.
  • The Blue sensor wire gets plugged into Pin #2 of the Trinket.
  • The Green sensor wire gets plugged into Pin #3 of the Trinket.