Arduino, when the Servo library is not good enough…


 

I went back to try and finish this ball balancing project, but after some improvements I started to get frustrated by the fact that the servos kept being “jittery”.

Time for my new and shiny servo tester I thought… ! It turned out I was seeing the same problem.

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Android – IOIO – RC Servo (or ESC)


This is a sequel to my first Hello World example with the IOIO / Android setup….

Android + IOIO controlling a RC servo

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Tiger 1 BB airsoft RC Tank – V3


This is the sequel of 2 other posts describing previous work on this project:

It also builds on this previous post, which is all about interfacing the WiiMote IR Camera with the NXT and tracking an IR LED with a Lego motor.

11Jun2011 – FINALLY !!!

Everything seems to work nicely together now it not only tracks and locks on the target, but it finally shoots PLASTIC PELLETS !

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Tiger 1 BB airsoft RC Tank – V2


It’s all about the same project as here, BUT with a different technology: instead of using the FEZ Domino (.NET micro framework based) board, I’ll be using the Lego NXT controller and an Arduino board for low level interaction with the electronics.

NXT + Arduino internals

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Tiger 1 BB airsoft RC Tank


CONTINUED HERE…

Together with a work colleague we have set ourselves a challenge: buy 2 1/16th RC tanks capable of firing BB pellets and transform them such that we can have an AUTONOMOUS BATTLE !

Unboxing

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Graupner R700 FM receiver – get the PPM signal


This must have already been discussed on plenty of other forums, but here I am, I want to use my Graupner FM transmitter / receiver with my quadcopter.

As Jordi from DIY Drones saysIntercept the PPM signal is the best way to obtain all the channels from any receiver, for a lot of reasons. The first one is performance, and the second is the simplicity (in code =P).

First of all, here’s a quite useful diagram that explains well how the PPM works, and the relationship between this signal and the individual channels:

RC Receiver Timing Diagram

The Graupner/JR R700 FM receiver is quite easy to hack.

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Quadcopter – home made


29 Mar 2011 – V2 is here !

Latest and greatest version, not that light but not too heavy either...

Quadcopter V2

Now I know it was all useless, but until 2 days ago, I still thought the only problem with my quad was the frame/motors and the huge vibrations they generated…

2 days ago, on Sunday night, I finally had the courage to face the truth : it could be my fault, it could be my code ! 🙂

Actually while looking at the http://www.multiwii.com/ site (huge thanks Alexandre, and really great stuff !!!) it occurred to me that their code should support my configuration out of the box.

To be honest, I’ve always though that it might be a problem with my code, but the only options to check this would have been:

  1. buy an ardupilot or some other verified system and install it
  2. modify the ardupilot or some other verified code to make it run on my configuration

None of the above options were easy and they could have introduced new problems by themselves…

But the multiwii code, looked like it should work with barely a few lines of change !!!

And indeed it WORKS ! Or at least it balances muuuuch more steadily on 1 axis !

This seems to prove that while I do have quite a lot of vibrations they don’t stop the quad from flying.

I still don’t know what the exact problem was with my code, I will have a look into the details once I manage to fly for real with the new code…

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Motor vibrations


No motors running, just "natural" noise of the sensors...

This post is obviously related to my “roman-fleuve” post about my attempt at building a quadcopter… I’ve decided however to create a new post as the initial one has already become too long, and dealing with vibrations is a more general mechanical question, that applies to much more than just quadcopters.

I still don’t know why my quadcopter refuses to balance properly, and to be honest it could be anything: the frame, the motors, the ESCs, the code, literally ANYTHING !

However, I have the feeling it’s related to vibrations, and there’s only one way to find out: done with the funny part of building the quad, now enters the tedious/annoying task of setting a vibrations test bench and do some measurements…

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Razor 9DOF IMU – I2C to Arduino


 

I2C bus "hijack" - glued with epoxy - one of them uses a via through whole, another is soldered on the back

This is obviously related to my endless post about the home made quadcopter

But it’s a much more generic problem, so here I am, talking about it in a post of its own…

The default way of interacting with Sparkfun’s 9DOF Razor IMU , as per its documentation, is through its serial interface.

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IR Remote (Syma s026) dedicated board – V2 – AtTiny45


IRcmdS026_AtTiny45_Final_Side1

Right, the previous post was about creating a dedicated board that can do 2 things:

  1. read and decrypt the IR commands sent by the Syma s026 remote control
  2. send them via a serial link (to the “central” MCU or elsewhere)

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