I saw you have an XBee module in your model car. Cool. Design News contributor Jon Titus has a book, "The Hands On Xbee Lab Manual," that has a lot of good information about to how to use these small wireless devices beyond basic controls. Excellent project and inspiring for fellow students and experimenters. Nice job.
the instructions are written to be broad because the different models of RC cars have different boards and board layouts however MOST use the same chip so the instructions are for taking over control from this type of RC chip, thus the instructions can be used for many different types of RC cars you simply attach the wires to the same pins on the IC chip and you are ready to roll
kinda? the PC board is to hold the headers in place so they dont shift around and you can connect them all at once.
i didnt include the arduino in the BOM because this will work with ANY 5v microcontroller and is not arduino specific
i believe i did include code when i sent in my materials for the article but i will look into that. the code is REALLY simple so with about 5 minutes you could knock out some basic fwd bckwd left right control on any microcontroller
i will soon setup a github so i will put code there
I was just speaking to a colleague of mine who did this exact project this past summer. He is a big RC fanatic. I hope Arduinos become mainstream in RC development. Who knows where RC will go after that.
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