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Name: JD Warren
Member since: 2009-12-20 15:00:46
Last Login: 2010-04-05 02:38:30

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I have been interested in robotics since I was small, but just recently began to build my own bots. I have completed several small radio controlled bots and an R/C lawn mower. I have built several motor-controllers from scratch, including the one used to power my R/C lawnmower. All of my programming experience is with the Atmel based Arduino microcontroller and I use it in almost every project.


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Hello all,

I am new to this site and thought I would share an R/C Lawn-mower project I just finished. I know this is not a new idea, but it was a very helpful learning experience for me, as well as being extremely useful.

I used an Atmega168 microcontroller and came up with the code to translate 2 r/c servo signals into forward/reverse PWM values. Then I designed and built a dual H-bridge to use as the speed controller for the bot. I also added a 2nd Atmega168 to separately decode a 3rd servo signal connected to a toggle switch, which I use as a failsafe and remote shut-off switch, disconnecting all power to the motors in case of a problem or signal loss.

The power comes from 2 wheelchair motors using #25 chain to transmit power to the rear wheels. It uses 2 deep-cycle marine batteries for optimum run-time.

For more information, check out my website. I have most of my projects listed there.

Here is a video of the Lawnbot400 in action:


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