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Freetronics SimpleBot Shield Kit

SKU: CE04520

$18.95 AUD, inc GST
$17.23 AUD, exc GST

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Freetronics SimpleBot Shield Kit
18.95 AUD

SKU: CE04520

$18.95 AUD, inc GST
$17.23 AUD, exc GST
In stock, with a short lead time. 43 units dispatch in 5 to 9 days (in addition to the shipping method you choose). Our timing and stock is accurate. Delivery to you by Thu, 2nd of Aug with Express Post within Australia.


  • $6.95 Standard (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $8.95 Express (Overnight*, tracked)
  • $3 Economy Post* (3-7 days, no tracking)
  • FREE Pickup (Newcastle only)

Shipping costs may increase for heavy products or large orders.

Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page.

*Conditions apply, see shipping tab below.

Ever wanted to build your own small robot? Maybe you're interested in NodeBots? The SimpleBot Shield is for you!

The SimpleBot Shield kit is an Arduino-compatible shield that you can use to mount on a small wheeled robot. It features:
  • Ultrasonic rangefinder sensor for obstacle avoidance.
  • Light dependent resistor (LDR) wired for ambient light sensing, or to use lights for signalling.
  • Four full colour RGB WS2812 "NeoPixel" LEDs, one for each corner of the robot.
  • Servo headers, including two headers to attach "continuous rotation servos" to use as motors.
  • On-board 6V power supply for optimal servo performance.

The SimpleBot Shield was produced in collaboration with Andrew Fisher, and inspired by his SimpleBot project to provide a simple DIY robot for use with NodeBots. However it can be used with many different kinds of robots. This example shows the SimpleBot Shield combined with a PiLeven, a Raspberry Pi, and some other parts to build a semi-autonomous robot running Linux with WiFi:

Building SimpleBot Shield

The SimpleBot Shield Kit is suitable for novice solderers, as all of the surface mount parts come pre-soldered. A great learning experience for students or anyone interested in electronics and hobby robotics.

In order to build a fully functional robot from your SimpleBot Shield, you'll also need some other parts:

  • Arduino-compatible microcontroller board like the Freetronics Eleven (for a simple robot) or a Freetronics PiLeven combined with a Raspberry Pi (to make a more fully-featured robot with WiFi support and other options)
  • Two continuous rotation hobby servos to use as motors.
  • Robot chassis. You can build a SimpleBot-style frame from cardboard, laser cut a chassis from the SimpleBot designs, or DIY your own design!
  • Battery pack capable of at least 7.5V total output, for connecting to the DC In power on the Eleven.  6xAA or 8xAA battery packs are a good choice. Get a 2.1mm DC plug as well, for each connection to the Eleven.

See here for a complete step-by-step assembly guide.




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Product Comments

Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page (no login required).

We deliver Australia-wide with these options:

  • $3 for Small Items (3-7 days, not tracked, only available on selected small items)
  • $6.95 for Standard Post (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $8.95 for Express Post (Overnight for Australia Post Next Day Network, tracked)
  • Pickup - Free! Only available to customers who live in the Newcastle region (only after we email you to notify your order is ready)

International Orders - the following rates are for New Zealand and will vary for other countries:

  • $11.49 for Pack and Track (3+ days, tracked)
  • $16.50 for Express International (2-5 days, tracked)

If you order lots of gear, the postage amount might increment based on the weight of your order.

Our physical address (here's a PDF which includes other key business details):

Unit 18, 132 Garden Grove Parade
NSW, 2289

Take a look at our customer service page if you have other questions such as "do we do purchase orders" (yes!) or "are prices GST inclusive" (yes they are!). We're here to help - get in touch with us to talk shop.

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