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June 24, 2010 AT 12:00 am

Deathblades: The Birds and the XBees

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Deathblades: The Birds and the XBees @ equals zero… Charles writes –

I’ve been waiting to use that title for a long time. Building the ‘blades has been quite an exercise in unfamiliar territory. First, the skates will be using the Maxon DEC modules, which are essentially experimental with respect to the project, me having seen no other vehicles that use them (seriously – all other Google results seem to just be press releases). Having access to the DEC modules was the impetus behind me finally learning PCB design and layout.  I just discovered the magic that is force-sensing resistors and how they can be used as an analog throttle. And now, as the final and pivotal step in closing the proverbial control loop of the Deathblades, I shall link the throttle with the DECs using XBee radio modules.

Deathblades, wireless & Arduino controlled motorized milled metal Rollerblades.


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