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  • ByFun and easy to build and program
  • Feb 14, 2024
This isn't my first DIY kit, but it was particularly enjoyable. The instructions were very clear, making it possible to put together the robot car in just a few hours. The car packs a punch, and you can easily adjust its speed. Each component was explained individually, detailing how to program it and its functions. I also found the small OLED screen impressive; it allows you to send messages. Personally, I found the Raspberry Pi easier to program compared to other Arduino chips, especially with the MicroPython language.
The car strongly reminds me of the RC Jumper from Watchdogs 2. I think the remote control is a better option than using an app. You can assign different functions to the various buttons, like displaying text on the OLED. Plus, the line tracking offers exciting race tracks where you can go full speed without the car veering off course. I highly recommend this building set for avid hobbyists. It's also great for teenagers looking to further their programming skills.

  • ByAdams - Ohio
  • Aug 22, 2023
I found the Adeept Smart Car Kit easy to build, but it took several hours. The instructions to build the car are not comprehensive and require some testing and clean up. The other issue was how to run the cables between the computer and external devices.

I recommend going out to the web and finding videos and other instructions on how to build the car before you start so that you have a complete idea on what it will take to build the car.

Once you have the car built, you will now need to get the Raspberry Pi ready for programming. There are several good videos and sites to help you. I think the simplest approach that I found is using Thonny to connect to the Raspberry Pi to load program on to the car.

This is a great kit and I highly recommend it to help people see how programming can be used to control various devices that can control a car.

I excited to start programing and sharing with my nieces and nephews.

  • By3D graphics guy
  • Aug 22, 2023
First off let me say this is not my first Robot Rodeo.  I've built some from kits and some from scratch and I've been an electronic hobbyist for many decades.  Second, I haven't yet built this robot but what I have done is inventoried the parts and read every tutorial (16 of them) from beginning to end as well as the assembly instructions and some auxiliary information provided.  Spoiler alert - I'm very impressed with this kit.  As I list out the pros I'll try and think if there are any cons.

  - The choice of the Raspberry Pi Pico for the main controller.  Inexpensive and more available than a traditional Raspberry Pi, for those who want to adventure further they should be able to find Picos on the market.  Besides being more affordable and available, in my opinion, the Pico is a far better robot controller (it is a micro controller after all) than a Pi (it is a micro computer after all with a lot more overhead).
- Very good tutorials.  I would recommend beginners start with tutorial 1 and do them sequentially and only build the robot when they get to the tutorial that requires the robot platform.   Actually before that follow the instructions in the file  named "3 Configure Raspberry Pi Pico environment" as this explains how to get micropython working on the Pico.
- Background information imbedded in the tutorials. Often a bit of background it offered to supplement the main goal of the tutorial of just getting the task done.  For example, the line tracking tutorial talks a bit about the theory of how the line tracking module works using reflected light.
- Speaking of micropython this is a great choice for a learning platform like this as python in general is recognized as one of the most readable programming languages available.  The code in the tutorials should be easy to follow for people just starting off.
- No missing parts - I've had kits that were missing a small but essential part and it stopped me dead in my path until I could find the part.  Not so in this case.

  - I really can't think of anything worth mentioning.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this kit and Adeept as well.

  • ByB.K.
  • Jul 04, 2023
The car kit is packed very well and it is easy to organize the parts. This is important because there are a lot of parts. The downloaded instructions are pretty clear and with patience any adult should be able to put it together, as well as a younger person with an adult’s help. A great little tutorial is included in the instructions that give you lessons on every aspect of the build. Then, once completed, this thing is a blast play with. I have been wanting to build something like this with a raspberry pi pico and I am not disappointed.

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