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Old 01-25-2007, 09:49 AM
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I want to make a robot using an RC car/truck as a base. My goal is to place a Tablet PC on top of the car/truck chassis and connect a servo controller directly to the Tablet’s USB port. I am going to use WiFi and a camera for navigation.

I am pretty good with the software side – I am a software engineer. However, I have never built, modified, or hacked an RC car/truck.

Can someone recommend a kit, model, components that would be pretty easy for a beginner? The ones at the store look like they were not made to be customized.

Does anyone know of a good RC car/truck store in the Boston area?

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Old 01-25-2007, 02:06 PM
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I would go for a large electrically powered car.
Exactly what car, that depends on what kind of terrain capacity you want.

You could go for one of the Tamiya 1/14 Haulers, and then keep the electronics in the Trailer
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXETN2&P=0
If there isn't room enough on the truck, then add a 27-3/8" long and 7" wide flatbed trailer
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXGA18&P=0

Or for offroad, look at the Traxxas E-Maxx
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXVS28**&P=0

Or the HPI E-Savage
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXPCH5&P=0

What I guess you want, is to replace the RC receiver with your own Servo Controllers, controlled by your PC.
That means that any RC with room enough for your equipmnet, and that uses std. Servo connectors should fit the bill.


Here: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/gadgets/gadgets.htm you can find several diagrams, as a starting point for your custom electronics/servo controllers
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:29 AM
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Here is some info that might add you in designing your software: http://www.nomadio.net/?pg=military....=openjaus.html


If you want other opinions than mine, then it might be an idea to pop over at the Car Forums.

RC Car General forum: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/forumid_179/tt.htm
RC Monster Truck: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/forumid_160/tt.htm
RC Giant Scale(Where I am mostly looking around): http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/forumid_234/tt.htm

Here is another sugegstion to a car that should be fairly easy to work on.

Carson Schattenjager 1/6 Electric buggy: http://www.rc-car-online.de/schattenjaeger_eng.htm






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