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Smart Video Car Kit for Raspberry Pi with Android App, Compatible with RPi 3, 2 and RPi 1 Model B+ (Pi Not Included)
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- This is a complete learning kit based on Raspberry Pi with Android App. For better learning, an elaborately-written user manual, code with explanation and thorough schematic diagrams are provided.
- The Raspberry Pi board (NOT included) is used as control. The kit uses a step-down DC-DC converter module to reduce input voltage and a motor driver module with L298N. Also a webcam is included with a USB Wi-Fi adapter so you can check the video in a real-time manner on your PC or cell phone.
- On the PC, you can control the car move forward/backward and turn left/right, as well as control the camera to turn vertically and horizontally so as to capture the image in different directions.
- A great kit for you to start studying Raspberry Pi (both code and application), learn about the basic components and modules in electronics, and then use the knowledge learnt to explore greater fields!
- Working Voltage: 7V-12V; Powered by two 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries
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Smart Video Car Kit for Raspberry Pi with Android App
- The Raspberry Pi is NOT included in the package; you can use Raspberry Pi 3 model B, 2 Model B and 1 Model B+ for control
- You should apply 3.7V 18650 batteries that contains NO protective circuit board. If you use those with the board, when an overcurrent occurs, they will automatically cut off power for protection, which would suddenly shut down the Raspberry Pi. Thus, the smart car will stop working and the Raspberry Pi may be damaged.
- If your batteries carry the protective board originally, you can just remove it for use.
- Easy Assembly
- APP Control
- Real-time image transmission
- Open Source Code
- Detailed user manual
Real-time image transmission
Detailed user manual, Open Source Code, Component List
An elaborately-written user manual is provided, including code explanation and thorough schematic diagrams. Also we've published several video tutorials for operation. Therefore, you can apply the robot with both the printed book and online videos.
The code for the car is written in Python and entirely open source. You can change the code by yourself, and push your version on GitHub to share ideas. Sharing is everything!
1 Pack x Acrylic plates
1 Pack x Threaded fasteners
1 x Tower Pro Micro Servo SG90
2 x Gear Reducer
2 x Driven wheel
2 x Active wheel
1 x 16-Channel 12-bit PWM driver
1 x L298N DC Motor Driver Module
1 x Step-down DC-DC Converter Module
1 x USB Wi-Fi Adapter
1 x USB Camera
1 x Dual 18650 battery holder
1 x Ribbon
1 x USB Cable
Several Dupont Wires
1 x Screwdriver
1 x Cross Socket Wrench
Top customer reviews
Pros - Kid you not, I've had my Raspberry Pi B+ and (2) li-ion 18650 batteries lying around doing nothing, so this is an awesome application of both. Great teaching tool for the technically minded to pass on the legacy to their children. Came with all hardware with extra screws & nuts.
Cons - Shoddy quality in some areas. Paper / PDF documentation missing critical steps. Edit -- Discovered Sunfounder has full videos for assembly and software setup on YouTube. Just search for product name and company for 4 videos. I didn't need them but I'm sure others will. Minus another star for the ease of removal of the clip -- two years later, I wish I kept the clip as the tape has long since fallen off and I've had to reapply a couple of times.
Before you start
Read the manual from start to end in PDF format with my child to make we knew what we were getting into. If you don't understand sections -- learn it before you buy this -- the forums are very sparse and nobody will take the time to teach you what you can learn from a bit of research on the Internet.
This project will take 3-4 hours for assembly and if starting from scratch with a new Raspberry Pi, likely another 2-4 hours for software setup.
I took inventory and made sure I had all the parts. Every single screw and nut had +2 pieces than needed, kudos to the manufacturer for that - +1 star. While there is an included screwdriver in the kit, you'll also need a PH00 phillips head screwdriver for the M1.25*5 head and needle nose pliers for where the wrench doesn't fit.
Getting the paper backing off the acrylic took more effort than needed, likely due to old sheets of acrylic used at the factory. Tweezers didn't work so I had to soak the pieces in warm water before removal.
Assembly required constant review of the manual to ensure the right pieces were placed in the right spots and flipping through the manual to ensure the wires were facing the right way. Due to careful observation I didn't have to do any re-work and remove any part to change orientation. My hands are small and I needed to use pliers because the spaces are tight.
While using the M1.25*5 screws for camera servo setup,, I managed to have one perfect install with all 4 screws intact and one rocker arm where the screw heads torqued off and broken in the acrylic as they're really soft and cheap metal. I used the extras to compensate but only wound up with two fully screwed in. Used the perfect component for vertical movement since gravity is more of a challenge and the botched install for lateral. No problems so far - edit a month later...
The clip on the camera came off when attempting to squeeze the camera into the slot. I was able to put the clip back together, but still wasn't able to push the clip into position without the clip falling off. It was easier to ghetto rig it with cellophane tape.
The wiring colors are off on some components. Just use different colors than what he manual says and wire accordingly.
I only realized this after install -- you should start with the software section first until you get to calibration. The HDMI port is blocked on the car, so you'll need to unmount it use video. Unless you have an existing Raspbian setup, you'll need to install Raspbian and setup WiFi to connect to the Pi remotely, which is easier when connected to a keyboard, monitor and wired network connection.
Since I had Raspbian already via wired network, it took about 15 minutes of disassembly to get it connected back to my computer and 30 minutes of google-fu to enable wireless for my my hidden SSID.
It took another 15 minutes to get the software up and running on the Pi. Had to find a forum post to complete the i2c installation as there are obvious missing steps when the sunfounder forum itself refers to Adafruit pages. FYI -- your Pi is the server and the client is your remote PC.
My first day
I've been playing with this for a 12 to 18 hours now and the servo motors aren't exact enough to drive in a straight line and needs constant re-adjustments. I suppose I'm used to rack & pinion steering. Originally my dc motor driver leads kept falling out, causing all sorts of power instabilities, but I torqued the heck out of it to make sure it didn't any longer and servo & motor stability increased.
Ensure you get/have a Raspberry Pi this does not come with one. May be obvious for some looking at the listing, but when discussing the kit irl it's something always asked.
Make sure you get a set of rechargeable batteries, I used and would recommend these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014867612/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Most importantly, setup your Raspi prior to following setup instructions, including getting the IP address. Following instructions regularly will lead to undoing screwing and other completed work.
Otherwise a great kit, after the very first part of the process, I felt I got my money's worth and could confidently recommend it to others. It's a great foray / intro into robotics and especially a great use for a Raspi if you already have one laying about. This would easily be a 5 star if not for the fact that one of the parts inexplicably broke during regular use.