First steps 2011 picaxe workshop and picaxe line follower

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 31/07/2012 - 13:14

In November I attended another course, this time based around a well known platform: PICAXE.

We worked with picaxe 28x1 project board. It was great fun and learning, because we had all the components, cut, printed, acid washed, drilled and soldered everything to get the board working. Flowchart programming was good for a start but it immediately becomes a mess if the program becomes just a bit long. It’s great for kids to start programming though.

Basic PICAXE programming seemed a bit limited but again I didn’t achieve a programming level so as to say such a thing with a solid base, so just take it as an opinion. What's sure about picaxe is that getting started is a no brainer; I built and programmed this simple bot in just over two hours:

And the board....

The front wheels wouldn't even turn :-)
I even built a line follower programmed with if sentences and four conventional CNY IR sensors. Unfortunately I don't have pictures/videos of it. Response was slow and before I improved it, I had to use all parts for other bots.