Note: Before starting your own project, you must download the Bionic Robot Kit for Arduino – Lizard.zip package on our website by visiting LEARN -> Get Tutorials -> Lizard and unzip it.
Arduino is an open source platform that applies simple software and hardware. You can get it in a short time even when you know little about it. It provides an integrated development environment (IDE) for code editing and compiling, compatible with multiple control boards. So you can just download the Arduino IDE, upload the sketches (i.e. the code files) to the board, and then you can see experimental phenomena. For more information, you can refer to http://www.arduino.cc.
Arduino Board – SunFounder Compatible
Arduino senses the environment by receiving inputs from many sensors, and affects its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators.
In this kit, the SunFounder Nano board is used.
Install Arduino IDE
The code in this kit is written based on Arduino, so you need to install the IDE at the very beginning. Skip if you have done this.
Now go to the arduino.cc website and click DOWNLOAD. On the page, check the software list on the right side under Download the Arduino Software.The picture following is just an example, please download the latest edition IDE.
Find the one that suits your operation system and click to download. There are two versions of Arduino for Windows: Installer or ZIP file. You’re recommended to download the former. Just download the package, and run the executable file to start installation. It will download the driver needed to run Arduino IDE. After downloading, follow the prompts to install. For the details of installing steps, you can refer to the guide on Learning->Getting Started with Arduino, scroll down and see Install the Arduino Software.
After installing, you will see Arduino icon on your desk and double click to open it.
Install the Driver
If the driver is not installed, the Nano board will not be recognized by your computer. Therefore, before using it, please install appropriate driver.
For Windows users, run PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1180B in the folder Driver.
For Mac users, refer to the folder PL2303_MacOSX_1_6_1_20170620 in the folder Driver.
- Select Sketch -> Include Library -> Management Libraries
- Input IRremote, then the library will appear, click Install button to install it.
- You can see the libraries just imported have appeared on the list by going to Sketch->Include Library->IRremote.