I don't know a single thing about linux and debian; so far I've installed xubuntu on virtualbox and the terminal told me I do forbidden things.
But enough talking about me: my parents' dishwasher caught on fire, twice: they decided to change it, so I had fun dismantelling it. Now I have an electric motor shaped as a metallic "U" with two cooper coils on each side (its name is askoll m 96 3 and there's written "220-230Vac 50hz 0.50A 60W" on its label); an immaculate selco circuit diagram and three fans (from old dvd players).
Now, my question is: can I build a sturdy, cheap and yet fun to play with 4wd rc car out of these components? I've also made a drawing of it (it's a bit terrible) and I would like to use a raspberry pi model A to make everything work together.
I'll use a vcr case for the floor, for the axles, shaft and gears I'll find something at a hardware shop; for the suspensions and wheels I've no idea... I think I'll need a switch, too.
Will I need a driver to make the diagram work? How many batteries will I need? Is it really worth it?
sounds like you've got a pretty big project for yourself there.
The way I'd go about it is a little different. If you're willing to spend a little more money I'd use an arduino to run the motors and if you really need it the raspberry pi for communication.
I'd use something like this for the wheels: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/319
For power you could use this: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobby.....Input.html
You could use a 12v motorcycle battery connected to that to give you the power with the Pi.
If you put a wireless card on the pi that might work out well. I know other people on the forums are talking about doing something similar.
To use the motors you already have would be an interesting project but unfortunately I don't have enough experience with 220V motors to make a recommendation.
Hi! thanks for the informations! so arduino's boards ca interact with the raspberry pi? why don't they make a joint venture and build cheaper version of robots and tools? In the last top gear episode they were building electric wheelchairs, maybe that's a field for these boards...