In this series of four tutorials, Ben Martin provides step-by-step instructions, code, and troubleshooting tips to take you through the process of building, powering, connecting, and controlling your own Mantis robot mounted with a Raspberry Pi.
Martin explains in detail how to attach motors, mount a RoboClaw motor controller, and then connect it to your Raspberry Pi through a USB port. He provides a program for controlling the robot with the keyboard and then extends the program so you can use a PS3 joystick to control your robotic creation.
Together, the tips and instructions found in these articles can help you build a powerful robot base that can be further modified to suit your needs.
Part 1 of the series shows how to combine a Mantis kit and Raspberry Pi to make a controllable robotic rover.
This second article explains in detail how to attach motors and connect the RoboClaw motor controller.
In this third article, Martin provides code to communicate with the RoboClaw motor controller and to move the robot around using with the keyboard.
Part 4 of this Mantis robot-building tutorial wraps up the series and shows how to use a PS3 joystick over Bluetooth to control the robot.