Computer controlled toy?
i wanna build a simple toy with a base, 4 wheeles, a motor ect., which i could move using my computer(by keyboard or mouse). what do i need to learn to do this? do u guys know any web sites for begginers that teaches to build these kind of stuff?
Haven't done something of this sort till now, but something that comes to my mind would be a bluetooth connectivity port. A bluetooth port on the vehicle and one on your computer would do the job..It is then just a matter of finding the right voltage values and the right IC to decode the values sent thru the bluetooth connection. Some sort of low level programming will be needed. You should know assembly level programming for that. Google for assembly language tutorials. You are sure to find a lot of them.
look up stamps, and specifically, teh BoE board: http://www.robotstore.com/search.asp...imageField.y=0
basically, it's a robotic platform that's powered by a STAMP processor, which is coded in BASIC through your serial port.
of course you can use other platforms with the STAMP processor, or even burn your program onto EEPROM and use that as your processor, but the BoE bot is a great way to get into it.
If you have Digital Cable look for and watch the Do It Yourself channel. :D
There is a guy on there that has a half-hour show all about making toy vehicles. It's pretty cool.
hmm... you wanted to control it in realtime? The method I gave you was something you pre-program onto the chip... but I suppose you could still use teh BoE-bot for that type of thing... you'd just need a transmitter/reciever setup...
Thanx for the replies.
if i'm going to attach the vehicle to a computer port by a cable, then i must build an electronic circuit to controll the motors, and i must program the computer port, right? anybody know where i can get help to build such a system, please?