I wanted to post some pics of my robotic Jeep platform with you all. I also have a question. I'm thinking about using the Pololu simple motor controller, with the R/C interface. However, since I've discovered the EZ-B I'd I'd like to be able to interface the jeep with it as an optional control system. The motor I'm using in the jeep came from an electric garden wagon that Pep Boys used to carry. The power comes from two 12 volt, 9.0 AH batteries wired in series. I think these batteries are typically used in scooters, etc. I have no way of determining the current draw of this motor. Need opinions . Think this controller will work for this application? Would also appreciate any hook-up help(wiring this to the EZ-B).
Here's a link to the controller:
Simple motor controller
I'd also like to install a dual camera set up. When using R/C control There would be a 2.g hz transmitter. I have a small tv I can use to pick up that signal. Then use the EZ-B camera when controlling from theEZ-B. Appreciate any comments and input.
Hers a link to one of my online photo albums. Click on pictures and videos. You should find my album called "RoboJeep".
Online photo album
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I wanted to share it with everyone on the forum; perhaps someone else might want to build one.
you may also wish to hack an invisible dog fence, and instead of the dog collar shocking the dog, you may can wire it up to your bot to make it turn around and come back on your property. looks like you have good traction on your wheels, nice! i dont know what type of lights you have, but you may want to change to LED so that your batteries last longer. are you using only 12 volts? you may want to get a small 12 volt solar panel to help keep your batteries charged too. just some ideas you may like
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but since i dont have a pan/tilt system working yet, i dont know if it works good or not.
about your leds...
Find a Deals store, or Dollar Tree. they sell $1 solar powered garden/landscaping lights. maybe not now, you may have to wait until spring or buy from their website. take the plastic post off. you will have just the small 2" diameter by 1" cylinder. then you can have a solar powered light that has a photocell so it only comes on at night. you may also de-solder the white light and add a red light in it. you may also drill a hole through the top near the mini solar panel, and install the led next to the solar panel. normally the solar panel is on top and the led is on the bottom, to light up the sidewalk. but if you put the led and panel on the same side, then it will receive sunlight, and shine automatically when needed.
if you want decals on your jeep:
buy contact paper at walmart or dollar tree. its white water resistant material, that one side is a big sticker. people sometimes put them in their kitchen cabinets. you can print out decals on normal paper, tape it to this contact paper, then using a hobby knife with cardboard under it, cut out the decal. i was thinking a big white star would look good, like the old usa army jeeps, but you can put whatever you want.
like "powered by ez-b" lol
i have made fake security cameras with these, where i cut a 2x4 board, painted it black, hacked the $1 solar light, switched the led to near the solar panel, painted it with red marker (didnt have red led at the time) and then drilled hole in back, put super glue in hole, stuck in coax cable. used black tape and about 3/4" from 2x4 i taped up the cable. i also taped up the black 2x4. i then used metalic gold paint to paint the coax cable near the 2x4. after it dried i took off the tape. now at a distance, it looks like it has a gold coax connector. and the light comes on at night, like it is recording.
these would make good eyes, if you are out in the sun a lot.