Disassembling the robot prior to mounting Vermut’s 0.13.x kit.
Prepare the Robot
- YardForce Classic 500
- Some basic screwdrivers
Step 1: Open The Robot
The first step is to open up the robot. This is a bit tricky in some parts, so I recommend you checking my YouTube video here: YouTube Video. The relevant time is: 2:25 - 5:08.
Step 2: Remove Stock Electronics
You will need to remove these stock electronics:
- Perimeter Sensor (slim PCB in the front of the robot).
- All cables in the orange cover (emergency stop).
Keep the battery in place.
Step 3 Optional: Modify USB Socket
🧰The kit includes compatible USB socket adapter starting version 0.12.
The YardForce classic has a USB socket on the back of the robot. Unfortunately for us, this socket has some non-standard connector on the inside.
If you want to use this USB socket on the back of the robot (for example for controlling the robot using a gamepad like shown in the first video), you will need to add a USB A plug to the USB cable and plug it into the Raspberry Pi.
This way the USB port at the back of the robot is wired directly to the Raspberry Pi.