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PC Control using an ATMega32u4

I am in the process of putting together a project for another hobby of mine; music. I am a trombone player, who dabbles with many many other instruments, playing in many types of bands. I play in a Band called Dennis, in addition to  a Brass Bsnd, and also play for many others as and when duty calls or opportunity knocks.

Wall-e MkII/Project 2: The master plans

Howdy all


As i right this i am basking in the glory of getting the final submission of my degree submitted for this semester.

The content: rushed, sub-par and generally shite, however it was submitted at 15:59 (one minute to spare).

This is a monumental occasion - While i'll probably have to resubmit them over the Summer months on paper I am now free to resume my tinkering!

I am writing this mainly to summarise my current states on my projects, and how i am hoping to progress...


Wall-e MkII

Wall-e MkII - the tinkering begins...

As progress with Wall-e MkI (the test Wall-e) continues I can't help but start planning the 'proper' build, or the MkII :-)

Consider this a 'thinking-out-loud', rather than a definitive plan; I will document the second build in it's own Project.


Project 2: Tidying up

Last two days have been frustrating - work has prevented me from working on developing my skills.

I did, however, manage to shorten the huge loom of wiring that came attached to the motors; there was a little board with 6 straight-through connections already attached near the motors on the base, so I soldered the 2 wires of each motor, plus the battery wires, to one side. The other side i continued the connections to the motors shield.

Project 2: And so it starts...

So, today, full of motivation (now I have figured out a rough plan for my project), decided to start learning the techniques to help me build my project.

Today, using a donated toy base (tracked, with 2 12v motors and gearboxes to boot), I added:

  • an Arduino Uno
  • Arduino Motorshield
  • Two 4xAA battery packs (in series to provide 12v). 
  • A Bluetooth module.

Using some arduino code I had developed for my Wall-e task I was able to move my tank around - ruddy good times!

Project 2 - my first project!

I've always has an interest in robotics and suchlike, however never really committed to taking that interest forward; coding and suchlike are my favourite parts but i am inept when it comes to the hardware side.

I keep going through phases where i plan to learn, to do... but never do.

Recently i actually started a project, however - to take a Wall-e toy, rip out the innards, give it a few motors and servos and add an Arduino (with motor shield and bluetooth Module) to keep it together.