Turtle 101

Please read the instruction before turning on the rover.

Before turning on the rover

How to use Turtle connectors?

The Rover is equipped with four watertight industrial-grade connectors.

First, make sure you are connecting the right pair of the connectors, the male and female connector should have the same number of pins. Then find a white spot on both the male and female connector body and fix the connectors with the spots pointing each other. Then manually screw the blue nut to secure the connection.

To tightly screw upper connectors – use 3D-printed Turtle Connector Spanner.

The connectors should fit with no play and the nut should be screwed straightly with no excessive friction.

How to attach the battery?

Connect the mating pair of the 2-pin connectors: the battery and the Rover located on the back-left of the device. Then fit the battery cables inside the Rover back-rib and slide the battery on back-left quarter of the Rover body. Tighten the 3x M5 screws using the screwdriver provided.

How to attach the WiFi box?

Connect the mating pair of the 4-pin connectors: the WiFi box and the Rover located on the back-right of the device. Then fit the battery cables inside the Rover back-rib and slide the battery on back-right quarter of the Rover body. Tighten the 3x M5 screws using the screwdriver provided.

Operation & maintenance

Controller requirements

The rover can be controlled with Windows / Linux / macOS WiFi-enabled devices with 2.4 GHz Wifi modem and web browser installed.

Note (26 Nov 2018): iOS video streaming is not supported in the newest software version.

Please refer to your device operating system to know which web browser fits the best.

OS

Browser

Windows

Chrome 70.0.x / Firefox 63.0.x

macOS

Chrome 70.0.x / Firefox 63.0.x

Android

depends on your device, check:

Chrome, (if stream doesn't work - check Firefox)

Linux

Chrome 70.0.x

How to connect to the Rover?

To connect to the rover, turn Turtle on using its main power button located on the left side of the battery. The button will be lighted green when turned on.

After ca. 60 s the rover system should begin to work, check your controller device for WiFi network:

Name: Turtle [+serial number]
Password: password

Connect to the network and enter your web browser.

Type in the address line:

http://10.0.0.1/

Mind login data varies for the older versions.

If you have older Turtle Rover (before May 2018) use – name: Turtle [+serial number]; password: KellIdeas; IP 192.168.10.1

If you have older Turtle Rover (May 2018 – Aug 2018) use – name: Turtle [+serial number]; password: password123; address '192.168.100.1/client/dist'

Next ones may be - name: Turtle [+serial number]; password: password; IP 10.0.0.1/client/dist/

Turn off the Rover properly

Due to the system architecture the Rover needs to be turned off the old-school style. Before you click the power button located on the battery it's better to turn off the computer at first.

To do that access the settings panel in the interface - upper right corner icon.

Access General setting and press and hold 'SHUTDOWN'. The button will start counting and will power off the RaspberryPi computer after countdown.

Depending on the device you use it may happen that the counter starts counting -1,-2,-3 ...

This means the power-off procedure didn't work, please click and hold second time (now it will work). Strange, isn't it? We don't know why as well.

Battery charging

First, disconnect the battery from the rover. To do that, untighten 3x inner hex head screws located on the rear left side of the rover. Then slide the battery off the rover frame and disconnect the 2-pin connector.

Connect the 2-pin connector to a charger provided together with the rover.

Make sure the power button of the battery is turned on – should light green. With the charger plugged to external power, the charger LED should light red.

When the battery is fully charged the light should turn green. Turn the battery off and connect it back to the rover.

In older Rovers and Maker Kits the chargers don't have their own LEDs. They won't show you when the battery is fully charged. In case of no-LED chargers, charging time is: 2h to charge partially (enough to work for next 2h) or 8h to charge fully.

Do not click the button during charging!

Software update

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