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Feb 01
Arduino RC Glider

I've flown foam flying wings for several years so when my parents gave me a Zagi THL for Christmas, I wanted to do something different. So I decided to try to use Arduinos to control it. Initially I had thought to use an Arduino Pro Mini but the servos needed 5V but the radios needed 3.3V. I realized I had a Microduino laying around my buddy gave me which is about as small and can do both voltages.

Parts List

Glider components:

VicTsing Micro Servo X2

Microduino Core

PowerBoost 500 Charger

850 MA LiPo - I had this laying around

Power Switch

2.4G NRF24L01 + PA + LNA Wireless Transceiver Communication Module

 

Controller Components:

3d Printed Raspberry Pi Gameboy by adafruit

Arrela® Arduino Dual-Axis Button Joystick Module

Power Switch

Arduino Uno

2.4G NRF24L01 + PA + LNA Wireless Transceiver Communication Module

USB Charger - for the battery

push button x2

 

When I get on a project, I get so into it that I forget to take many progress pictures. This is the only one I have:

inprogress.JPG 

 Finished:

IMG_2929.JPG 

 With Controller:

IMG_2930.JPG 

Close up of the electronics:

IMG_2928.JPG Extra Close Up of the Microduino:

IMG_2926.JPG 

Controller: 

IMG_2931.JPG 

Controller inside:

IMG_2932.JPGThe battery and charging unit from the USB charger fit perfectly. SInce I had to add weight to the front of the glider anyways, I might buy another one and replace the glider's power with it. 

For the Code I used TMRh20s NRF24L01+ Library to control the radios.

 

Glider.ino

GliderControllerNoLCD.ino

I hope to test it at the hill next weekend. I'll update with the result.

Sep 28
CommandoBot Lives Again

As a kid, I had a remote control robot called a CommandoBot 4. It was pretty sweet; you could talk through the controller, it had a claw for grabbing things, and it could shoot darts. After taking it apart and removing the bad circuit board, I used an Osepp Motor & Servo Shield, a bluetooth module (JY-MCU), and an Arduino Uno. I'll post the code in a later post. So far I've gotten the wheels going and the claws working. Here is a video of it in action:

 

Can't wait to get it a bit more together.

Aug 23
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