In the previous post the Tamiya RC car was built and we covered the electronic components. This gave us the knowledge required to look at replacing the factory components and control the RC car via code! Now let’s look at adding an Arduino for custom functionality.Read More
Run for Heroes 5K
With the current COVID-19 lockdown situation it can be all but too easy to accidentally stay in your home for a few days without doing any of your permitted daily exercises. I’m guilty myself of submitting to the mindset of “Oh I’ll just go running tomorrow…” and then never actually making it out the door.Read More
Arduino RC Tamiya – Part 1
This is my first blogged side project and it’s quite an exciting / fun one. I hope this set of posts inspires you to get involved and give it a go yourself.
What is this project?
This project is about taking a standard remote control Tamiya and replacing the electronics (in particular the receiver) with an Arduino. This then allows the introduction of custom C / C++ code so we can do anything we want with the RC car! One particular interest I have is to make the RC car remote driveable, via Wifi for example so that friends can drive around my location. Once that works there’s a future step to add a mounted phone to the car with an app that would allow friends to have a telepresence.
Why would you do this?
There’s two reasons for this, the first being that we’re currently stuck in-doors due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and there’s nothing to do so I need something to keep my creative and constantly logic solving mind at peace. The second is that when I was 11 years old I received and built my first Tamiya, a TL01 and have missed crashing it into things. What better way to get back into that then let a robot drive into things at full speed… Okay I’ll try to avoid that but robotics and programming can create some interesting scenarios.
What’s the plan?
As of writing I’ve already dived head first into this project so firstly I need to update on my progress so far, here goes:
As with all new blogs that feature a level of tech talk, Hello World!
I’ve decided to have another go at writing a personal blog, I’ve written a few over the years included topics not limited to: Arsenal, getting started in Web Design and running 500 miles for charity. However they’ve never stuck around due to a mix of server migrations / breakages and a loss of interest in the topic. I’ve decided this time to make it a bit broader and implement a more reliable back-end setup to ensure it sticks around!
So what will this blog be about then if you’re not picking a particular subject? Good question, it’s going to be a mix of all my interests; a bit of work, coding, sport, random side projects, etc. Hopefully it will end up quite diverse but also somewhat interesting to people.
Enough rambling, let’s go down to some serious blogging.
See you in the next post!