SumoBot WX Competition Kit
The SumoBot WX Competition Kit with the FLiP Multicore Microcontroller combines what we love about robotics: the easy-to-use BlocklyProp visual programming language, a pair of robots that autonomously battle for dominance in a Sumo ring, and experiential learning throughout the tutorials — one wheel revolution at a time.
Aside from the ring (which you’ll make on your own) this kit includes enough sensors and components to program, test, battle, and rebuild many times. We don’t know what it is exactly about the SumoBot that gets our customers so excited, but maybe it’s the closest thing to BattleBots or a science fiction future in which robots peacefully manage disagreements for their people.
Parallax’s experience with wrestling robots started with our original SumoBot built upon the BASIC Stamp 2. The new SumoBot WX design has improvements too numerous to list. First, it uses the popular FLiP Multicore Microcontroller in a socket, which may be removed for other projects. Easy programming with visual BlocklyProp supports set-and-forget motor control signals, parallel sensing, and detection during runtime. The sleek, flat black SumoBot WX circuit board and chassis absorb some of your opponent’s infrared sensing ability, and our new low-durometer sticky tires to keep you from sliding out of the ring when attacked from the side. The SumoBot WX board includes a three-position switch common to all Parallax robots.
Expansion capabilities include sockets for wireless programming with the ESP8266 WX WiFi DIP Module), for a Memsic 2125 2-axis accelerometer and for the LaserPING distance sensor, both sold separately. However, there’s plenty of sensing in the kit already to keep most programmers occupied for a long time!
Robot assembly requires about two or three hours each using the included tools. You’ll need to provide four AA batteries for each robot. You’ll also visit your nearby hardware store and buy a 36–40” round tabletop “ring” which we found at a big-box retailer (alternatively, you could cut a round piece from cabinet-grade 5/8-inch thick plywood). Then, sand it smooth and paint it with flat black and reflective white paint. This two-hour project becomes part of the fun!
The SumoBot WX Competition Kit includes TWO complete sets of the following items.