SUMO Genesis Arduino Robot Controller (With Arduino Nano)


Genesis is the most powerful all-in-one board we’ve ever built for all types of robots. Just check out the features, and you will find us right away.

Our flagship board, Genesis, includes the Arduino Nano, powerful 3A motor drivers, a 0.5 Ampere 5V regulator, and complementary circuits for your robot project.

Technical Specs:

  • Vin: 8V–24V (Max 28V)
  • Current at Idle: 5ma (All boards)
  • Motor Currents: Continuous 3 Amperes x 2, Burst 4 Amperes x 2.
  • 5V Regulator Output Current: Maximum 1 Ampere
  • Built-in temperature, current, and overvoltage shutdown circuits at motor controller ICs.
  • Built-in short-circuit protection at power lines.
  • Just 98mm x 38mm x 18mm sized.
  • 4 mounting holes have a 3,2 mm diameter, suitable for M3 sized screws.
  • The board weight is 33 grams.

Main Purposes of Genesis

  • Mini sumo robots (As usual)
  • Line-following robots
  • Small- to middle-sized robots
  • Arduino Uno based robots (Arduino Uno and Nano models use the same microcontroller)

If you want to use Arduino Nano in your robot project (Minisumo, line follower, etc.), This board must be your first choice.Small size and high power in your hand.

With high-quality components and a strong infrastructure; Genesis will be your favorite board.

Here how we connected Arduino Nano’s pins to mainboard. It will help you while you are programming. (By the way, we have ready made program)


Arduino Pins


Arduino Pins


D0EmptyD11Right Motor PWM Channel (Speed Control)
D1EmptyD12Left Motor Dir Channel (Direction Control)
D2EmptyD13Right Motor Dir Channel (Direction Control), Arduino Nano Built-in Led
D3Left Motor PWM Channel (Speed Control)A0Empty
D5Dipswitch 1 InputA2Empty
D6Dipswitch 2 InputA3Empty
D7Dipswitch 3 InputA4Empty
D8Mode Led (Can be used for any purpose)A5Empty
D9Speaker (Can be used for any purpose)A6Turn A6 Set Trimpot
D10Start Module & Button InputA7Speed A7 Set Trimpot

Thin Speaker

We didn’t use moderate speaker at Genesis. We chose the highest quality speaker for clear & loud sound. You can send output any tone by sending frequency to this speaker.

Start button and pin for mini sumo robot
Start Module Button & Input

At the board, it has one start button which is parallel connected to start module input pin. The board is fully compatible with start modules. When you push the button it send Logic 1 (5V) signal to Arduino Nano.

Mode Dipswitch


Genesis Board contains 3 pin dipswitch for total 8 start tactics (for mini sumo robots) Except mini sumo; the dip switch can be used for any purpose.

Genesis power and user led


Genesis contains 4 motor direction leds (2 Right, 2 Left), 1 Power led and 1 Mode Led. With indicator leds, you know the robot’s behavior easily.

Sensor Inputs / Outputs (8 Line)

Each sensor input has 3 pins (-,+,s) and clearly written name. You can plug female cables directly. Signal pins connected to Arduino Nano with small value series resistors for safety. You can connect up to 8 different control element to this pins.

micro trimpots for fine tuning
2 Trimpots for Fine Tuning

We added 2 Bourns SMD trimpots for fine tuning, onboard programming with your robot. They are directly connected to Arduino Nano’s analog pins (A6 – A7)

What is More? Why you should prefer Genesis?

SMPS Regulator + Capacitors

At the Genesis’s heart, we use 570 kHz high-speed switching mode regulator. With combined multilayer ceramic capacitors, electrolytic capacitors and tantalum capacitor, Board’s voltage output is pure 5V for adding sensors. Voltage Regulator also has short circuit protection. 

High Current Mosfet Drivers

Genesis uses 2 Mosfet driver for giving high current to motors. Thanks to modern MOSFET bridge design; power sent to motors have nearly zero loss. Each motor driver connected with 2 PWM channel. So in total Arduino Nano’s 2 PWM channel is used for controlling 2 dc motors up to 3 Ampere each.

On-Board Programming

We inspired from Japan sumo robots while creating that board. That robots use multiple trimpots for saving important variables for working program. Also Genesis includes 2 trimpots for same purpose. That trimpots directly connected to Arduino Nano’s analog pins (A6, A7). And for Mini sumo robot they serve as Idle Speed, Starting Turn Time, and Edge sensor seen Turn time changers. SPD: Idle Speed while not opponent seen, TRN: Starting Turn Time, Angle Trimpot.

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