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Offline zackTopic starter

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After having created my autonomous rover
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8996877282379774452&hl=en
, I wanted to create something I could control with my Mac.  This is partly inspired by Google Street Car!

I went to Radioshack and bought this cheap RC toy for $7.00, spent time learning about serial ports, hacked the transmitter, connected my serial port (USB2Serial) from my Mac to the transmitter.  Hooked up my old Nokia phone to provide live video feed to my laptop via bluetooth.

Refreshed my VB skills, wrote a command center that tied the video, rf transmission to the serial port. 

A whole lot of fun this was considering, I'm not an electronics guy!  ;)

Enough talk, here's a  video
 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZM_CNkaBIY[/youtube]

Here's my command center I wrote in VB with live video feedback
 

The Google street car!


The RCs RF transmitter hooked up to my Mac
 

« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 08:45:20 AM by zack »

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Re: My second robot with live video feed and controlled by my Mac!
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2008, 03:38:06 PM »
Does the vehicle use a digital compass?  I see cardinal direction buttons on your screen.   What transmitter are you using?

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Re: My second robot with live video feed and controlled by my Mac!
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, 03:41:35 PM »
It's a normal el-cheapo RC toy I bought from RS for about 7 bucks!  :P Any RC will do though

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Re: My second robot with live video feed and controlled by my Mac!
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2008, 03:41:44 PM »
can you provide more details on using the Nokia phone for wireless video?
Check out the Roboduino, Arduino-compatible board!


Link: http://curiousinventor.com/kits/roboduino

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