Step 1: Materials
- A remote control car. The one I used has one small DC motor to drive the car and a small stepper motor to control the steering. Having a car with a similar motor configuration will make this project much more smooth for you. Specifically the kind of car I used is an Xmod from radio shack. I have a few, and they are a really fun medium to hack with. I don't know if radio shack still sells them but I'm sure you could find one for really cheap on ebay.
- A TV remote. I set up the project with a standard Comcast remote, most people seem to have these. The project can still be done with a different remote you'll just need to add an extra step and you'll probably learn a little extra about the code and reading infra red signals in general.
- A motor controller. I have one of the arduino shields from sparkfun, and I would recommend picking one up they make projects with motors much easier. If you want to get deep with it you can make your own out of an H bridge or some transistors, there are plenty of instructables around on how to do this.
- An Arduino Uno or some smilar variant.
- An Infra Red receiver. You can find these in just about anything that uses a remote. I took mine out of an old portable DVD player. You can also find them at radio shack or cheap online.
- An altoids tin.
- Some breadboard jumper wire.
You'll also need a hot glue gun and soldering gun to get the project together!