Well, well, well look at me, so many unfinished hacks and I'm starting another one! In my defense, May the 4th is coming up and I need to do something Star Wars related, right? Right!
D-0 is a fairly new droid in the Star Wars series and shows up in the "Rise of Skywalker" movie. BB-8 comes across D-0 in the droidsmith shop and revives him. They become instant friends.
This D-0 is a simple infrared-controlled toy that is made by Hasbro. It doesn't have any cool electronics for balancing or anything like that. It actually has 2 motors instead of the single motor you think it should have. It does make some sounds but other than that it's pretty unexciting. Let's change that!
I'll be adding an EZ-Robot IoTiny to D-0 as well as upgrading the alkaline batteries to a rechargeable LiPo. D-0 also needs some LEDs in his cone so we'll be adding in some RGB addressable LEDs. I'll also add a camera to D-0's nose.
The funny part is that there is an interactive D-0 toy that was made also made by Hasbro but it only plays beeps and boops, like R2D2 or BB-8, and doesn't have a voice like in the movie. Using Audacity (and ARC) we'll add the voice that D-0 is supposed to have! I'll show you how to do it.
We'll also control D-0 from my phone with an app of our design using ARC's interface builder.
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The software being used is ARC (by Synthaim) and can be downloaded here:
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Unfortunately, I can’t recommend any printer as I don’t have the experience with them (other than the Makerbot Replicator 2, which is pricey, but a reliable workhorse) but I can recommend you to do your research on YouTube and Amazon reviews to find a printer that’s right for you.
I will say this though, 3D printing is a great tool to have but can become a hobby in itself. Be aware that it does have a certain time commitment and is does require dedication to ultimately get success. The price is now at a place where anyone can get into it but it’s still far from consumer friendly. It still takes a diy mindset to make it happen.
be well my friend
EzAng - Angelo