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How to convert a wired toy car into a wireless robot car?

Updated on March 21, 2012

Being a beginner into aeromodelling, it would be better off to start with a wired robo using a very simple chassis (a body on which you can mount wheels, motors, etc.), 4 DC motors preferable 300 RPM, a pair of two-way switches, each pair controlling the left side motors (2 motors are on the left and 2 on the right) and another controlling the right side motors.

Anyways coming to increasing your level in robotics, you can go for wireless, making your wired robot wireless requires some circuitry and a mobile power source onboard. I will give you the easiest option and it is to hack the wireless parts of your remote controlled cars but remember making it yourself would be the most satisfying thing in the world. Here is the link to my first hub on How to make a Remote Controlled Robot Car?

The most difficult bit is getting a controller connected and programing it, using a DC motor will not be easy for beginners and I would recommend servos for that.

So ideally your first step is to get: 1. Microcontroller. 2. Development board. 3. The connecting stuff. 4. Servos.

And try to program or get a downloaded PWM code working, depending on button or sensor.

Another question here arises is that is the microcontroller programming possible in C? My suggestions are that if you have succeeded to make a wired robot, to make it wireless you can do following.

1. If you are not familiar with microcontrollers , better to start now. Use PIC microcontrollers (start with 16F628) with "PIC BASIC" or if you don't have access to PICs in your areas, try 89c2051 with "BASCOM", as both BASCOM and PIC BASIC are basic compilers and it will be very easy to start the programming.

2. For batteries, do not use NICD or nickel cadmium batteries, but use NiMH batteries.

3. Also, you can get the old laptop batteries from electronics scrap. Open the laptop battery and check the internal bank of batteries for working ones. As these are Li-ion or Lithium ion batteries, they have very good capacity. Be aware while charging these batteries, you will need to make a proper charger; otherwise, these will burst, as I have experienced it.

Simple wired car
Simple wired car
Advanced wireless robo car
Advanced wireless robo car

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      Fantastic.

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      maddy 4 years ago

      hello sir, i am making a project would you please help me how can i make a radio controler for a quad helicopter .

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Okay friends.

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      anurag tak 5 years ago

      sir,please please please tell me how make a wireless toy car.please reply at anuragtakladnun98y@gmail.com

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      ravi 5 years ago

      sir i want to make a rc control helicopter will u plz help me that where would i get neccesary equipments for it..??

      WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY

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      Anderson 5 years ago

      Hello sir i have had lots of problem building rc toy helicopter could you please tell me how to make it i would be very grateful please send to me in my email address donchux37@yahoo.com or chukwukachukwudalu@gmai.com thanks

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      ABHIJEET JADHAV 5 years ago

      Hello, sir ur site is very useful to new generation to invent some diffrent,

      sir, i want to make small remote or pc controlled camera inside the small helicopter,sir plz guide me to invent or make it.send me instructions on my email id-abhijeetjadhav.184@rediffmail.com

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      shashank 5 years ago

      got a good brief knowledge about wireless bots thanks

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      Ishesh 5 years ago

      plz sir tell me i m started just to make cam car plz tell me how to handle this and material requirements.

      Plz send me mail on goyalishesh@gmail.com

      Thanks and Best Regards

      Ishesh

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      Akash 5 years ago

      Dear Sir,

      As a hobey i would like to make my own RC Car. Kindly help me with technical and material requirements for the same. Send me mail on akashkulkarni0014@gmail.com

      Thanks and Best Regards,

      Akash.

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      meet patel 5 years ago

      sir i want to make a robot which is control by my fone(samsung galaxy) plz give me some basic concept and which circuit i use for that robot .................

      plz reply on my id meetpatel8171@gmail.com.........

      thank u sir for help............

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      henok gebrhiwot from ethiopia 5 years ago

      i lik to be ur meamber i have many car models i want to convert them into remot car

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      jeetendra singh 5 years ago

      sir how to control remote control car by the mobile phone please tell me "simmisingh9680@gmail.com"

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      GAUTHAM JOSHY 5 years ago

      Sir please tell me an detail idea about how to make it and what r the components recquired & their uses with its clear photo...

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      atul 5 years ago

      rir i want to make wireless robo car pls help me sir!

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      sathiya333 6 years ago

      hai sir, iam doing a project in voice controlled robocar, now i have found out the voice recognition and interfacing circuits but i have a confusion in using the robocar, whether i should use a true robocar or i can just make a toy car to work according to my commands.....

      we waiting eagerly for ur reply sir..

      send ur reply and suggestions to psnsathiya@gmail.com sir.,,.,

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      kyawsoe 6 years ago

      sir, i want to make this car .plz sent me at kyawsoe.tu@gmail.com

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      asad 6 years ago

      i want make the car

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      asad 6 years ago

      pless tell me how can make car

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      given 6 years ago

      may you also teach me too

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      rajesh nepal 6 years ago

      im neppali student.i also learn about making toy robort . could u teach me?

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      azaz 6 years ago

      sir, if i use camera with this vehicle, how can i program it with matlab so that it can detect obstracles?

      Please reply me at azazulhaque@ymail.com

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      Vidhunnan Sparklite 6 years ago

      Sir can any one of u tell me how t make a remote controlled toy car. Please reply me at vidhunnan@gmail.com

      Thank You Sir.

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      bunty 6 years ago

      its a encourageous info for biginers like me. thanx a lot 4 encouraging me

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      pankaj kumar 6 years ago

      I LIKE AUTO CARS AND I WANT TO LARN HUB MOTER

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      RANJEET SINGH 6 years ago

      YOU CAN TEACH ME FOR MAKING MOOR ROBOTS TOYS

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      rahul porwal 6 years ago

      sir i m a student of II year

      i have a wired robo car which i used in roborace

      now i want to make it wireless

      wat can i do?????

      plz suggest me and tell me the components plzzz....

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      sunny verma 6 years ago

      sir is we are operating the toy car with mobile phone

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      naveen 6 years ago

      sir i wanna know about a remote control robo car

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      joshi 6 years ago

      sir,please please please tell me how make a wireless toy car.

      please reply at joshi.seelam@gmail.com/sjona96@gmail.com

      it's very humble request sir.

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      nms 6 years ago from Cochin

      my first lesson on robotics :) cool hub

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You need to read this Rohan: How to Control Robot with Java Enabled Phone or IPhone?

      http://factoidz.com/how-to-control-robot-with-java...

      and Robotics As a Career Option in India

      http://factoidz.com/robotics-as-a-career-option-in...

      Best of luck

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      Rohan Botre 7 years ago

      I am a student and i m doing a project for my final year.

      My project is about Wifi Controlled robotic car. In this project i want to control a robotic car placed in one wifi zone with the help of the mobile phone which in another wifi zone, that is the two equipments are in different wifi zones. The robotic car should have a camera which will capture images and send it back to the Mobile phone. Plz help me how should i start with the project. Plz guide me for the various components required for the hardware of the robotic car.

      Waiting for your reply.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot for your comment Nikhil.

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      Nikhil 7 years ago

      Above data is usefull for starters.