Bopp the robot

Bopp is a Raspberry Pi based robot and test-bed for various ideas.


Raspberry Pi V3 running Raspbian.

Motor Controller

Initially using a Picon Zero motor controller from 4tronix.  This worked fine when using a 5V power pack, but recently tried using a 2S 7.4V 2000mAh LiPo battery for the motor supply and 5V DC-DC converter for the Raspberry Pi.  This worked for a few seconds but is seems the DRV8833 chip is now fried as it is getting rather hot and the motors are not longer working.  Also drawing ~1A constantly.

I will investigate this further to see if this was something I did wrong (some ideas – no heat sinks, ground loop).  The 8833 is supposed to have in built current/thermal protection but I have not had much experience with these.

In the mean time I am going to try a 4tronix RoboHAT Robot Controller board.  Which are larger, slightly more expensive but include on-board DC-DC controller.  I will also add some heat sinks this time.


2 x 100:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor HP 6V

The motors are held in place using 3D printed motor mounts from Thingiverse.


2 x Pololu Wheel 42×19mm

Remote Control

Playstation 4 DualShock 4 DS4 controller via Bluetooth.

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