Well I know it’s been a while, school’s kept me pretty busy lately. I haven’t done much work on my projects, but with a new job this semester, I have finally been making enough to get some cool new parts I’ve been dying for!
Since I intend to eventually get a quadrocopter or airplane drone going, I figured I might as well finally buy myself a transmitter.
I’d take my own photo, but this one’s better.
It can be found on hobby sites like Nitroplane or xHeli, and Amazon.
It might not look like much, but this 6 channel transmitter is fully computer programmable and adjustable, has “bind and fly” transmitter/receiver pairing, and only $32!
Sparkfun has an awesome tutorial for using the receiver with Arduino, and I found this detailed tutorial for setting up the transmitter, along with all the drivers, software, and other resources.
It’s all super easy to set up, I’ll have a short servo test video up soon. This thing should make that and all my RC projects a whole lot easier. I plan to set this thing up on my ReboundBot, along with a video camera and some xBee’s to transmit to my computer.
EDIT: Check out my Arduino class for this radio receiver in this post.
Just Got this awesome little thing in from ebay. Using the default settings you can just plug-n-play, it’s automatically visible to other Bluetooth devices as “linvor”.
I intend to use it with my Arduino projects, it works perfectly plugged straight into the Arduino’s Serial ports.
Being as cheap as it is, I haven’t seen any official documentation on this thing, but just Googling around I’ve found a lot of people talking about it and how to change settings and such.
Here’s a little example of its usage with the Arduino. I’m working on a Micromouse project and had some example code loaded to receive Serial input commands. Then since my computer’s bluetooth adapter hasn’t come in yet, I used a free Android app I found, Bluetooth SPP, to send and receive commands.
Pretty pointless usage for the time being, but it’s a cool example of the capabilities.