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Converting an RC car into a robot is a quick and easy way to get started with robotics. At the very least, when you get bored of playing with your r...
You will need: (x1) R/C Monster Truck (Radioshack #60-646) (x1) Arduino Uno REV 3 (Radioshack #276-128) (x1) Arduino Motor Shield (Radioshack #276-13...
Flip the RC car over and remove the two screws holding the cover in place. Put these screws aside somewhere safe for later reassembly.
Unplug the motors from the connectors on the main board. If your remote control car is hard wired to the motherboard, cut the motor wires loose.
Remove the screws holding the controller board to the RC car and pull it free.
Remove the cover from the M-type power plug and slide it onto the wires for the 9V connector (such that you can twist it back on after you solder the ...
Place the Arduino atop the bed of the cargo RC car. Make marks where the mounting holes are in such a way that it will later be easy to zip tie the A...
Place the 9V battery on the underside of the cargo bed. Make two marks on each side of the battery and drill them with a 1/8" drill bit.
Plug the 9V clip to the 9V battery and zip tie it to the underside of the RC car. Trim away the excess bits of zip tie.
Plug the Arduino Motor Shield into the sockets of the Arduino Uno.
Now that the Motor Shield is attached zip tie the Arduino to the back side of the RC Car.
Using scissors or a paper cutter, trim the PC Board until is skinny enough that it slides neatly between the RC car's front grill. Once made skinnier...
Solder the PING sensor centered on the front of the trimmed PC Board. Connect 8" of green wire to the Signal pin, 8" of red wire to the 5V pin, and 8...
Slide the circuit board into the front grill of the car and make sure the sensor is sitting level. If it is not level, adjust it until it is.
Drill an 1/8" hole on each side of the circuit board and firmly secure it to the body of the RC car with zip ties.
Trim away the connector for one of the motors. Connect an 8" red wire to one and an 8" black wire to the other. Repeat this process with the second m...
Zip tie each set of wires together to keep everything tidy. You may even want to consider zip tying the sets together into a single bundle for the le...
Put the body back onto the frame of the RC car and screw it back into place with the screws you set aside earlier.
Program the car with the following Arduino code: /* RC Car to Robot Conversion by Randy Sarafan Used to convert an RC car into a robot that uses a ...
The ping sensor: Connect the green wire from the Ping sensor to digital pin 7. Connect the black wire from the Ping sensor to ground. Con...
Insert the 9V plug into the power socket on the Arduino to power up your robot. Note: If you decide that you want to reprogram your Arduino, before y...
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Posted:Apr 1, 2012
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