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Accelerometer Controlled, Head Tracking Rover

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This project was a combination of multiple ideas that have all come together to create one awesome rover.   The Rover is controlled using a watch equipped with an accelerometer to track the movements and tilting of the wrist.  The rover will move forward if the wrist is tilted forward, backward when tilted backwards and so fourth.  This rover is also equipped with a camera mounted on a pan and tilt servo that will move based on the head movements of the user.  Finally there is a heads up display unit for the person controlling the rover that will have a live camera feed from the rover.   

Parts List:
- 1x    3-axis accelerometer (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9836)
- 2x   Arduino Uno (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11021)
- 1x   Traxxer Rover Platform
- 1x   Seeedstudio Motor Driver Board
- 2x  12V Lipo Battery (Look on HobbyKing.com for good options)
- 2x   xBee Transmitter/Receiver (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8665)
- 1x   9DOF module (We got ours off of eBay)
- 1x   MyVu Personal Video Glasses
- 1x   Mini Wireless Color Camera
- 1x   Pan/Tilt Servo Mount (http://www.amazon.com/SparkFun-Pan-Tilt-Bracket/dp/B007R9TSIC/)
- 2x   Generic Servo (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9065)
- 1x   Ultrasonic sensor (http://www.maxbotix.com/Ultrasonic_Sensors/MB1403.htm)
- 1x   Push Button
- Solid Core Wrap Wire (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8031)

Total Budget: $458
 
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Step 2: Assemble Rover Platform

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The first thing you need to build this rover is a functioning rover itself.  To do this use the Rover kit described above(or a similar rover kit) and program your Arduino and motor shield to drive the motors (See tutorial on http://www.adafruit.com/products/81).  Once you can control your rovers motions (front, back, left, light, bank left and right) via serial commands you can move on to the next step.
freakysuwin3 months ago
What is the 9DOF sensor you bought?????
I have a sensor called mpu6050 can I use that???
McClay143 months ago
If u made ur own chassis it would be 10x cooler
phokur3 months ago
One of the cleanest executed rovers I've seen on here!
Honus4 months ago
Very cool project!
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