FRIHOST FORUMS SEARCH FAQ TOS BLOGS COMPETITIONS
You are invited to Log in or Register a free Frihost Account!


Creating a remote controled revolving platform





KHO
I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with setting up a remote controlled device. I want to make a basic wooden platform that will be about 6 inches in diameter, and about 1 inch thick. I want to be able to set it up so that I can control it from some kind of a web or PC based interface and just turn it, even if I could just find a way to sync it to my PC and then I could make a web UI for it myself.

Anyone have any experience that could help me get started with this project? I would appreciate any tips.
Arno v. Lumig
I would do it by getting a small, cheap microcontroller with at least 1 analog output, and an simple USB or parallel port interface. The analog output can then be used to control the platform. If you want a web interface you might want to try to hack an old router that has USB support so you can use it as a web server for the interface.

A web interface will be harder then a simple PC program though, so I'd recommend that. If you're looking for microcontrollers you're best off using a Microchip PIC or an Atmel AVR. There are plenty of guides out there on the web Wink
KHO
Would I really need a web server just to give it a simple command of left or right?? All I want is to have a round base that I could have spin in 360 degree circles left or right. I can understand the microprocessor to connect it to usb, but if I'm gonna have to hack out a router or run it over like an apache server or something then I would be better off just connecting it to an IR remote lol.

(thank you for your response btw, didn't know if I would get one here or not haha, this is my first project like this so im kinda lost)
Arno v. Lumig
Yea well, you said something about a web interface so that was my solution to that problem...

You could just use a remote, of course... There is also wireless USB and bluetooth, but I'm not sure how easy it is to use a uC to work with that..
FunDa
Arno v. Lumig wrote:
I would do it by getting a small, cheap microcontroller with at least 1 analog output, and an simple USB or parallel port interface. The analog output can then be used to control the platform. If you want a web interface you might want to try to hack an old router that has USB support so you can use it as a web server for the interface.

A web interface will be harder then a simple PC program though, so I'd recommend that. If you're looking for microcontrollers you're best off using a Microchip PIC or an Atmel AVR. There are plenty of guides out there on the web Wink


any isdea how much the whole thing would cost ? Would it be worth doing it for a science project in high school ? Idea
Arno v. Lumig
A uC with all components that are required to program it (connect it to a computer etc) wil just cost like $40, but you'd also need some kind of motor to rotate the platform, but I have no idea what that would cost. Using a router as web interface would probably add another $40, but you might not need an uC then (depends on what router you have).

I am doing a microcontroller project for school right now (we're creating a robot that can play football on a table-tennis sized table.). The cost so far has been around 60, just for the electronics. That is pretty much what your project would cost aswell...
Related topics
Oracle works quietly with Mozilla
Nokia does Linux on its new Internet tablet
Trading system
751 Useful Windows XP Files
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Final Launches!
Best Freeware
Remote Admin
FREE SOFTWARE
Web developer
Creating a Remote Folder
creating a desktop control application
Creating a Blog in PHP - is it worth it?
5 Best Open Source Remote Desktop Software 4 linux
Difficulty creating secondary FTP user
Reply to topic    Frihost Forum Index -> Computers -> Hardware and Electronics

FRIHOST HOME | FAQ | TOS | ABOUT US | CONTACT US | SITE MAP
© 2005-2011 Frihost, forums powered by phpBB.