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The Mantis is here... (which is an off-roading, Netduino, remote controlled, with Cam, robocar)

Remote control cars are cool, but I want to see what the car is seeing, as if I was in the drivers seat. And I want it to be an uber-off-road capable car. And I want to build it myself. And I want to be able to control it from any Wi-Fi capable device. And I want to run C# on it...

I guess what I want is just what Chris at Secret Labs LLC gave us this heads-up about...

Open Source Robot Controls

I’ve been playing around with some ideas for an Arduino/Netduino robot control system the past few months. I knew that I wanted to be able to control my robots from an Android phone, PC, or any other WiFi enabled device. I also knew that I wanted the system to be small and simplistic, but also powerful and extensible. The reason I went with an Arduino (Ethernet Pro) or a Netduino Plus for the controller was the low cost, ease of programming, and the embedded ethernet port. I coupled the onboard ethernet with a wireless router so that I could connect and transmit data to the robot wirelessly. Here are the results of our first robot build with this system. The robot was affectionately named Mantis.

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from Vimeo.

As for all of the parts we used in the video, here’s all of the basics you’ll need to get your control system off the ground:

1. Ethernet Pro or Netduino Plus ($55-60)

2. Screw Shield ($15)

2. Wireless Router ($30-50)

3. 40A Speed Controllers ($90 ea) (can substitute lower current controllers for smaller motors)

4. Spike Relay ($35) (optional – useful for switching headlights or other 12v accessories)

4. 5V Power Regulator ($15)

5. Ethernet Cable, PWM Cables, Power Cable (~$20)

6. Battery Terminals ($5)

7. Main Power Breaker ($30)

8. Fuse Block ($15)

9. 12V Battery ($100-$200)

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Now all I need is to put a seat on it for my dog and I'll be in viral video heaven!  Tongue Out

Here’s a few more links you might find interesting:

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  • Ed BurnsEd Burns

    Awesome stuff! Can't wait till I get to play around with Netduino. Please more videos about Netduino!

  • Pete BrownPsychlist19​72 Pete Brown (I have more than one machine that goes "ping!")

    I love this rc/robot. That's a great platform too. Thanks for the parts breakdown.

  • Scott BradyScott Brady

    Great Robot. Just Curious as to why you used a wireless router and not use a wireless breakout board. I ask because I am planning on building a r/c robot and I am presently looking at netuino and some form of XBEE wireless board.

    Regards

    Scott

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