Give a brief description of what you are trying to solve. Include a high-level overview of what you made, why you made it, what parts you used, and what it does.
In today’s growing technology, it seems every little electronic is becoming touch or motion sensored. Our team wanted to incorporate that type of technology into a non traditional device. We modified an RC car toy to be controlled by motion instead of the traditional remote. The project’s materials list are as followed: arduinos, h-bridge motor chip, bread board, xbee transmitter/receivers, RC car, accelerometer, (possibly) tilt switch, and (possibly) flex sensors.
Our team bought a regular RC car toy with four basic functions: turn left, turn right, reverse, and accelerate. We then took the car apart to analyze the circuit and internals of the car. The car is powered by a 7.2V battery in which we will use to power the arduino and xbee. The battery will of course power the car’s two motor which the arduino will control.
To control the car, we opted to use the xbee communicator to send and receive signals between the two arduinos. The other arduino (the remote) will be attached to a human arm in which the arm will act as the control. Attached to the breadboard will be an accelerometer for motion type function, a tilt switch for acceleration or decceleration and a flex sensor for turning. Our team is working on the coding for the simple functions of turning and accelerating the car using a push button. We are in the progress of working on a code to incorporate the accelerometer and other sensors as our project progress.
For more detail: [Team PGH] – Prototype I Final Report: [Motion RC Car]