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How to build remote controlled camera tripod? Answered

i want to build a camera tripod that has motors to move the camera up/down and left/right. it will need to be mobile, battery powered, wireless remote controlled with no computer control. any suggestions?


Eric Beck shows you how to make something like this in Backyard FX using two remote control cars and some scrap wood.

Here's a Video Link http://www.indymogul.com/backyardfx/episode/BFX_20080303

Backyard FX is /awesome/ If you're any way inclined towards filmmaking, I'd check out the rest of their site, using some of their tutorials, combined with Instructables here, you can achieve some really awesome effects for a lot less.

What you're describing IS a kind of computer.  That doesn't mean it has to be difficult.  You could for instance take your average remote control, such as for a TV or DVD player, and a matching decoder chip and infrared sensor and, and wire the outputs of the decoder chip to transistors for driving the motors.  You could also take a microcontroller, like a PIC16F684, and program it to recognize the patterns from the remote control.  Radio control would be more complicated, so if I were you, I would stick with the IR.