Have you ever tried to look at the world from a different point of view? With this project you can control a tracked robot with your brainwaves or with a joystick while you are watching its camera's live-stream in a virtual reality glass.
This is an all terrain vehicle, that means that you can control it on snow, sand, any kind of ground, wet surface and of course indoors. It is powered by two 18650 lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 2600 mAh. These are connected in series so the maximum voltage is 8.4 volts, that ensures the seamless operation. Can climb hills that up to 35-40 degrees. The maximum control range with the new HC-12 serial communication module is 1.8-1 kilometers if the controllers can see each other. That's insane! Of course the WiFi FPV's range is only around 45-50 meters, but the HC-12 ensures a very stable communication.
The Camera: the most interesting thing in this project is that you can see what the robot sees in real time with a salvaged camera. I had a cheap Chinese drone that was broken, but its camera seemed to be operating and when I took apart my drone I found a small WiFi chip with a video transmitter. I decoded that I will use this little circuit for a project and I started to buy and salvage the parts.
Two ways to control: (please read this) this robot has two controllers: a brainwave based controller that can be controlled with the user's thoughts and an ordinary, traditional joystick R/C controller.
By brainwaves you can move the robot forward, left, right and you can watch the FPV streaming through the glasses. This version is recommended if you want to build something really interesting and scientific. You will learn so much about the human brain and how it's functioning.
With the joystick and potentiometer combo you can move the robot in all four axis, in all directions with variable speed and you can control three white LED's that ensure the light for the camera. I recommend this version if you want to enjoy playing with it so if you want to have a precisely controllable and more efficient robot.
In this video I am showing you how can you control the robot outside and inside with the joystick and the brainwave sensor. Please decide which one would you like to build. (Or you can make noth of them...) I was really amazed by the world of Star Wars as a kid, that is why I built a device that allows you to control the robot by your thoughts.
If you want to make the Joystick Controlled Version follow Joystick Controlled steps...
If you want to buld the Brainwave Sensor Controlled follow Mindwave Controlled steps...
I am going to mark in brackets that which steps where belongs to, for example: "Circuit (Joystick Controlled)". If you liked the video give a thumps-up and you can gathering parts and then start building your robot.