Step 1: Gather Materials

Included in our TyroBot kit should be the following:


  • 7 SG90 servo motors
  • A TyroBoard, TyroBot's controller pictured above (Schematic and design files)
  • A 1200mah lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • About 30 screws

If you purchased the complete kit, you should also have 11 3D printed parts. The .stl models can be downloaded here to print your own parts.

Now that you have all of TyroBot's parts you can begin assembly.

You can also watch a complete assembly below:


Step 2: Assemble Feet

To begin TyroBot construction, start with the feet. Start by snapping two SG90 servos into the feet parts, and thread the wire through the slot. Screw in the servos using 4 screws. Finally, attach a servo horn facing up.

As of now the servo is not properly calibrated, so we will adjust the servo horn in a future step.


Step 3: Assemble the Pelvis

The next step is to assemble the leg servos. Snap two SG90 servos into the pelvis with the white motor head facing away from the wire slot. It is a very tight fit, so no screws are used in securing these motors.

Next, attach servo horns facing straight back. Like I said previously, they will be readjusted for calibration, but in a future step. Screw in the leg pieces using 4 screws.

Finally screw the leg pieces to the servo horns on the feet and thread the wires through the slot.


Step 4: Assemble the Torso

Next, screw in a SG90 servo into the center of the torso with the white motor head facing away from the wire slot. With the head motor in place, snap in the two arm motors and thread the wires for all three servos out the back wire slot. Make sure the servos are facing the right direction by comparing them with the pictures.

Secure the arm motors with four screws.


Step 5: Attach the Torso to the Legs

Carefully thread the four servo wires from the legs through the torso and out the back. Orient the torso over the pelvis and turn the legs so you have access to the screw holes. Using two screws, secure the torso to the leg assembly.


Step 6: Attach the Head

Snap small head bracket onto the head servo. Insert a screw and tighten it till it is snug. Try not to turn the head servo as it is very easy to break teeth off of the servo gears.

Now, thread all of the leg and torso wires through the head. Be as neat as possible and make sure there is still room for the head to turn.

Carefully attach the head to the bracket by using two screws on either side of the head.

Screw on each arm.

Hardware wise, TyroBot is all setup! Time to connect the electronics and begin calibration!


Step 7: Connect TyroBoard, TyroBot's Controller

Now it is time to connect the servos to the controller board.

Each servo connects to a port number on the board. The image above indicates which servo goes to each number. The brown wire is ground, so make sure it is ALWAYS connected to the row of pins labeled "-". Otherwise your servo will not work.

Next, connect a battery to the JST port and slide the controller board into the head, considering wire management. IMPORTANT: Be very careful handling the controller board, as applying too much pressure to it could cause the touchscreen to get damaged.

Finally screw in the face plate with 3 screws.

Your TyroBot is all setup! Time for calibration.


Step 8: Calibrating TyroBot

To calibrate TyroBot, take off the leg pieces so just the servo horns are showing. Then, slide the switch to turn on TyroBot. After a couple of seconds, the servo horns should move to their "center" positions. See video:


Carefully take each servo horn off and reposition it back to the center without turning the motor. It should look like the image above. Put TyroBot back together and you are ready to program. Every time you turn TyroBot on, all of the servos should automatically adjust to their default standing position.

Step 9: Programming TyroBot

If you haven't already, install the latest version of the Arduino IDE.

Next, in order to make TyroBot function properly, two dependencies need to be installed:

  • Adafruit_LIS3DH
  • Adafruit_ILI9341

Open Sketch > Include Library > Manage Libraries... and search for and install the two libraries.


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You will also need to install the ATSAMD21 based boards to the Arduino IDE.

Open Tools > Board > Board Manager and install "Arduino SAMD Boards (32-bits ARM Cortex-M0+)"

You should get the image below:


sam boards

Now, download TyroBot's library.

Open Sketch > Include Library > Add .ZIP Library... and select the you previously downloaded.


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TyroBot is all ready to be programmed in Arduino! Connect TyroBot to your computer using a MicroUSB cable, and turn him on.

In the IDE, select "Arduino/Genuino Zero (Native USB Port)" as your board, and select the COM port that appears. Open the example sketch, "original-firmware.ino" by going to File > Examples > TyroBot.



Edit the two lines of code setting the wifi name and password to your home network. Press the upload arrow and upload the code to TyroBot. If everything goes well, TyroBot should now be connected to the internet. You can confirm this by opening the settings menu and finding his IP address.


You can now give TyroBot walking commands from either the build in programming feature on TyroBot's menu or by coding your own commands in the Arduino IDE. Check out the documentation for the software library explanation. If you are having trouble, please open an issue on our github site and we will resolve it as soon as possible.