First win, first fail
November 24, 2010
So, I got around to assembling my Arduino Ardumotor board. Although very straightforward, it was quite the experience because a) I didn't realize I had to hold down the button on the soldering iron to increase the heat (i.e. "why isn't it melting?" *crickets*) and b) I was so excited to figure out the button thing that I put my first component on backwards.
Anyway, eventually I got my board assembled and hooked up to the motors as per the Ardumoto Quickstart tutorial. (Yay it moves!)
The pink thing is a piece of pipe cleaner used for arts and craft. My plan was to try and flap this little stuffed duck's arms with it (from the inside).
Unfortunately, it's not nearly powerful enough (torque problem? pipe cleaner rigidity problem?). Increasing the speed on the motor makes the movement go from Invisible to Barely Visible. Can anyone recommend what I should look for in a motor that could do the job? Does the motor have to be huge?