Monday, December 29, 2008

Porch Testing

I took R2 on the front porch today and drove him around some.
His foot motors are wired for 12v. and they are working GREAT!!!!
I was also testing the range on the PS2 controller and it was
pretty good, Since the receiver is inside R2's aluminum body.
Seems like the maximum range is around 40 feet.
Now that's from my porch, out of my front yard (15 feet)
across the street (15 feet) and about 10 feet into the neighbors yard.
If I held the remote up high, I could regain a signal.
That's not bad for a cheap PS2 controller and I never intend to get
that far away from him while driving. :o)
With the Cheap Controller (C6C)
and a Sabertooth Motor controller
I don't think you can go wrong with the price of both parts.
I'll post a video of R2 in the street when I get a few more things completed,
He's not ready for any real exercise yet.

9 comments:

Jim Quinlan said...

Our little droids are growing up Calvin. Those first steps are so precious aren't they : )

I was wondering if your droid's frequency is one that could be compromised by other RC's in the convention center. They're having a "Robot Wars" type group at MegaCon this year. I wrote the coordinator asking about frequencies but he never responded.

Calvin Thomas said...

Jim,
I totally forgot about the freqs.
Our Droids are on Playstation controllers and they are 2.4ghz and they are tuned to the receiver.
I don't think I'll get hit by a rougue signal.
They also have channel bumping,
So it will pick the clearest channel.
I can also turn the foot motors off by a switch and still run the dome and the lights. So if I do get hit, R2 won't run off.
Thanks for the comment.
I can't wait to get R2 to the street to really drive him around.
SeeYa Soon!!!!
Calvin

R2D2 Fett said...

Sounds cool...what did the neighbors or people in the street think?

Anna said...

Congrats Calvin!!! Can you describe the feeling of having him out and about for the first time ;)

Thomas

The life of thomas said...

ooops..sorry... anna is my GF's account...I didnt know she was still logged in, lol

Thomas

Calvin Thomas said...

Jason,
There was a guy across the street that really got a kick out of R2.

Thomas,
It's kinda odd, Driving him for the 1st time but after waiting 3 years I'm glad it's almost finished.

The life of thomas said...

Wait until your first Con ;)

Calvin Thomas said...

It's coming,
In Febuary it's MegaCon.
Calvin

Jim Quinlan said...

I certainly understand what you mean about being glad it's almost finished Calvin. It really is a major project that consumes you. I'm relieved/glad/happy/exhilarated that mine's winding down also. After MegaCon I can finally get around to painting the rest of our house and attending to all the little projects that have been temporarily put on hold. Taking R2 to events will be a blast too.