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Hi,It's quite doable, but I cannot vouch for your abilities of course.
Motors -> original RC electronics -> arduino -> ethernet shield -> router --wireless connection--> Laptop.
Can anyone recommend me a cheap, wired network camera btw? I don't need it to be wireless, as I'll have a router piggybacking on the robot itself.
Sounds like a fun project. Only thing I would change is this:Quote from: GalacticNerd on September 01, 2011, 10:43:28 AMMotors -> original RC electronics -> arduino -> ethernet shield -> router --wireless connection--> Laptop.to : Motors -> Motor Controller -> arduino -> ethernet shield -> router --wireless connection--> Laptop.If it doesn't earn you any extra marks it will be way easier to just ditch the (most likely) crappy electronics and replace with something easy to interface to your arduino.Also, most toy rc cars don't have proportional control of drive or steering. Just on/off control. Look at something hobby grade, maybe even something with electronic speed controller and servo for steering.I'm guessing your going to want to go slow with this setup. Doing this with hobby stuff is hard because most stuff is built for performance. I would look into something like a rock crawler. They are made for low speed with loads of torque. Quote from: GalacticNerd on September 01, 2011, 12:35:03 PMCan anyone recommend me a cheap, wired network camera btw? I don't need it to be wireless, as I'll have a router piggybacking on the robot itself.Check out dealextreme. I've seen a few reasonably priced units that even have pan/tilt functionality. Make sure you look for devices with good reviews.Not sure at your level of knowledge, but I've done a few projects like this for uni so hopefully you can learn from my mistake: From what you have posted it sounds like the majority of time on this project will go to making a nice web interface to talk to your hardware, so don't waste the next 6 months messing around with the toys then rush the interface. *Most* teachers don't care if you designed and built the electronics from scratch, they just want to see something that looks cool and works. In my experience at least 20% of the other group will completely fail at getting anything to work because they overextended. Have clear goals you want to achieve, then once you have nailed those go for the icing on the cake.Good luck!
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