Building robot boats

Discover the steps I have taken pretty awesome ...

Seawind

Kyosho Seawind

Teensy 3.6 + WiFi + MA3

Yamaha Round the World

Tamiya Yamaha

Round the World

Victoria

Victoria v2017

Teensy 4.0 + WiFi + MA3

Ragazza

Proboat Ragazza

Teensy 3.6 + WiFi + MA3

Dragon Force

Dragon Force 65 V6

Teensy 4.0

Micro Magic

Micro Magic

Teensy 4.0 + WiFi

Proboat Westward

Proboat Westward

Teensy 3.6

Duplex 575

Duplex 575, Pluto

Teensy 3.6

Yardstick

Yardstick

Depth, Speed, Temperature

I share my experience building robotic boats. I start using a Windows 7 8" tablet onboard Birdy II. Because of the weight and size of the tablet, the model boat has to be sufficiently large. I could plug in a USB compass, USB GPS, and a USB Servo Controller. All was ok until I tried to receive signals from a Radio Control receiver. Because RC receivers communicate using PWM, I discovered the Arduino Uno.

It wasn't long before I upgraded to the Arduino Mega, which became my workhorse for a while. I soon discovered that the Mega could run all the boat logic and thus a tablet was not required. This meant, rather than build a model yacht, I could convert existing models.

As I now getting smaller model boats, I discovered the Teensy 3.6. More powerful than the Arduino Mega and the GUI (Graphical User Interface) was the same. I switched work horse to the Teensy.

Some code is available here https://github.com/pwesson/roboticboat

Microcontrollers

Arduino UNO

Arduino Uno

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Arduino Mega

Arduino Mega

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Arduino Due

Arduino Due

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Arduino Nano v3

Arduino Nano

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Arduino Yun Mini

Arduino Yun Mini

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Intel Edison

Intel Edison

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ESP8266

ESP8266

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Teensy 3.6

Teensy 3.6

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Teensy 4.0

Teensy 4.0

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ESP32

ESP32

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BBC microbit

BBC Micro:bit

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Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3

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