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SWARS, Driving Farrusco


Since the first SWARS experience, I knew this could go A LOT further, but having Farrusco on a remote terrace where you could only have access by climbing an outside ladder.. I must confess, I never thought of such a thing, until... my friend Fernando Mendes (Cowork_LX) came to me with this crazy idea!

Driving Farrusco

I loved the challenge, and wanted since the first moment to create a cool and easy to use physical interface and it came out a nice piece IMHO.

Driving Farrusco

Then Farrusco with the wireless cam already built in for the first "Driving Farrusco" experience, I used two packs of batteries to enhance the play time (one battery pack is missing in the photo). This small wireless camera needs a lot of juice, and little 9v batteries doesn't feed it for to long, besides that it gives a very weak transmission with lots of interference, but with this 9.6v racing pack, it worked out really good!

Driving Farrusco

Some bits around the controller:

At the beginning I wanted to have four joysticks, one for each motor, one for pan and the other for tilt the camera.

Driving Farrusco

Driving Farrusco

Driving Farrusco

Driving Farrusco

Driving Farrusco

It ended a bit complicated to operate and a learning curve was needed to get used to it, because this was going to manipulated by many people it needed to be simple and fast to learn.

Driving Farrusco

[ FOTO MISSING showing the end result with two joysticks, a motoruino only with the necessary components and the xbee mount ] 

 

Driving Farrusco

Driving Farrusco

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what is the board on which the xbee is mounted ? is it sparkfun USB explorer ?

it is the Xbee Explorer Regulated from sparkfun, http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9132

it works ok ? I guess its ok as you are already using but looking at the comments on the product page seems that it has got some serious problem.Did you encounter any problems while using this board ? 

it works quite good, I didn't have any problem at all.. 

Ok thanks 

Could you add links for the camera?  
This one has a different brand but the product looks exactly the same

What range do you get out of it?  

Range with line of sight only tried for about 15 / 20 meters

How long does it last with the 9.6v racing pack?  
We run the thing for 40 minutes without signs of power decay 

What is the receiver's format?
Video signal 

Do you use a capture device and route the data into the computer?
If you are using a computer you will need a video converter, in this case we connected video signal to the video projector. 

Do you have experience with other wireless cameras, if so, how do they rate against this one?
No, this is the first I ever tried..

Could you add links for the camera?  What range do you get out of it?  How long does it last with the 9.6v racing pack?  What is the receiver's format? Do you use a capture device and route the data into the computer?  Do you have experience with other wireless cameras, if so, how do they rate against this one?