This project was born as a Coronavirus project for my kids (you know how difficult could be to have your kids all day at home… oh school: please come back, we forgive you!)
On this post we cover the initial steps, including the full platform/chassis running, commanded by a Raspberry Pi and some Java code.
On this video we can see the chassis running:
The body of the R2D2 will be a 12″ cardboard tube from Home Depot. The chassis aluminum flat bars are also from HD:
R2D2 head will be molded from a balloon, newspaper paper and paste (flour + water):
Cutting, drilling and assembling:
This is how the chassis will fit into the tube:
Wheels in place:
Preliminary setup and code testing:
Final assembly of the chassis:
We are using two separate battery packs: one for the raspberry and a second one (more amps and 12V) for the motors and the L298n motor driver:
To be continued…..