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Alpha V1: Open-Source Arduino Base Remote Controller

Alpha V1: Open-Source Arduino Base Remote Controller

An open-source Arduino base remote controller (transmitter) with many customization options for robots and drones.

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Components and supplies

Ardgen mega
Arduino Mega 2560 & Genuino Mega 2560
At the moment we are using a Mega Directly inside the remote. But we may design a separate board.
×1
Xbee
×1
Acrylic Plate Set
×1
Outer Body
×1
Hall Sensor Joysticks
×2
Graphical LCD Display
×1
16mm Metal Push Button
×2
Push Button
×10
Slider
×1
Self-Centering Toggle Switch (On/Off/On)
×2
Self-Centering Radio Switch (On/Off/On)
×1
5A SPDT Toggle Switch
×2

Necessary tools and machines

Lasercutter
Laser cutter (generic)
Or you can outsource it
09507 01
Soldering iron (generic)

Apps and online services

About this project

Description

Alpha V1 is the result of years of struggle with making custom made remote controllers for various robots. Finally, we decided that enough is enough.

Alpha V1 is one remote controller that can be easily customized and modified to be used with all sorts of robots and drones .The front and back plates are laser cut out of 4mm acrylic plates, so not only can you laser cut new ones, but also you can drill and cut the plates to add new switches, joysticks, etc.

On the firmware side, we have developed many libraries to make sure hardware customization would not require you to write a single line of code, instead you just need to activate them through the menus.

If you needed a feature that we have not implemented, Alpha V1 is open-source and you will have full access to development resources to go further.We are planning to crowdfund Alpha V1, so signup in our website to get notified at launch or follow our social media pages for more pictures and updates.

Website: https://www.craetech.com/alpha-v1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craetech/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craetech/

History

We used to build robots for most parts of our undergraduate degree and it was always a struggle to get a remote controller that satisfies all of our needs. It was in our second year (2013), when we first started to think about making our own remote controller.

Back then, our knowledge was very limited so we made a tailored remote controller for one of our projects. We liked the end results but there were many short comings. The trend of designing a tailored remote controller for each project went on and on till 2015.

Eventually, we graduated and after few years we decided to work on something interesting in 2017. While going through all of our previous experiences we noticed market still does not offer a solution for our remote controller problem, so we started to work on a new open-source remote controller.

We named it "Alpha V1" and the project was initiated with few core values:

  • Open-Source Everything
  • Ease of Customization and Modification

After 2 years of brain storming, prototype and firmware development, Alpha V1 is very close to becoming a product in market.

Features

Designed for Robotics Applications

  • Ease of Modification
  • Code-Free Customization
  • Simple User Interface

Superior Communication System Compare to RC Transmitters

  • 2-Way Digital Communication
  • Channels' Flexibility (18 channels at 100Hz, 36 channels at 50Hz or 72 channels at 25Hz)
  • Advanced and Flexible Telemetry System

Open-Source All the Way

  • Open-Source Software
  • Open-Source Hardware
  • Arduino-Compatible

Alpha V1 Multiple Views

Possibilities with Alpha V1: Adding different input devices easier than ever before

*This project is ongoing so stay tuned for more updates.

Code

XBee code we used in 3rd prototype

Schematics

PCB schematic for the 3rd prototype
This is not the final schematic
Pcb schematic jrfhlnr7qc

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