R/C Animator is based on the Propeller Platform USB — effects can include changing the position of a secondary servo, playing back CD quality audio, or changing lights. On my R/C car, I'm using four LED's and a mono speaker for audio playback. Continue to the next step and I'll show you how to make it!
Step 1: FAQ
R/C Animator triggers effects based on the position of the servos in your vehicle. So, you can trigger the playback of a rumbling V8 when the throttle servo opens up. Or you could connect a spare servo channel to the R/C Animator to turn on an LED 'light bar' and play a siren.
I'll show you how to customize the logic for whatever effects you want, too.
What effects are available?
Up to 32GB of audio samples can be stored and played back in CD quality stereo. An onboard audio amp will drive speakers up to 1/4 Watt.
Up to 25 LED's can be turned on, blinked, or faded.
Secondary servo movements
Multiple servos can be directly controlled by R/C Animator, so a single wireless channel can trigger secondary servo animations
R/C Animator is designed to chain and combine these effects.
Will it work with my vehicle?
Most likely. Digital and analog servos use the same signalling method. If you're using old airtronics servos (non-z connector), you'll need to flip a wire.
How many batteries does it take?
None — It runs off the servo power and only draws a few mA.
What are the dimensions?
7.2cm x 6.3cm x 2.54cm (2.8" x 2.5" x 1.0"). The basic R/C Animator weighs about 40g (1.5oz). If you use audio, you'll also need to include the weight of the speaker.