Adafruit is open and shipping! Let's build back better, together!
0

TinyCross Ultralight Electric Crosskart: First Test Drive and Data Logging #Robotics #Vehicles

We first wrote about Shane Colton’s TinyCross ultralight electric crosskart back on

I’ve been waiting over a year to see if this mountain bike air shock suspension setup would work, and it looks like it does! I haven’t done any tuning on it besides setting the preload, but it handles my pretty beat up parking lot nicely, absorbing bumps that would have broken tinyKart in minutes.

The steering linkage also seems okay, with good travel and minimal bump steer. There are still some minor mechanical improvements I want to make, but it’s nice to see the suspension concept in action after all this time.

And any good vehicle these days gathers data on performance:

One of the early lessons I learned in building motor drives is to always log data. Nothing ever works perfectly on the first try, but having data logging built in from the start is the best way I know of to quickly diagnose problems. A lot of the stuff that happens in a motor drive is faster than typical data logging can capture, but a lot of it is also periodic. By synchronizing the data collected to the rotor electrical angle, its possible to reveal detailed periodic signals even with relatively low frequency (50Hz) logging to an SD card.
See the full post for all the additional details.


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 26,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Cracks matter

Electronics — Have any spare fuses?

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: ESP32-S2 low power, GUIs and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — The Ultimate Bird Feeder, Adafruit IO UI Refresh, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Making a Smart LEGO Ferris Wheel!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — JP’s Product Pick of the Week 12/1/20 LTC4311 I2C Terminator @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit #newproductpick

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.