I'm starting to look into the Arduino to tinker with it. But I have a project that I would like to build. Perhaps just a proof of concept but it would be really useful if I could actually build it for real.
I want to build something very much like this: www.hotgears.com/page2.htm
Two wheels which I'm guessing have optical encoders which drive two motors to handle pan and tilt of a camera. The motors need to be beefy and responsive. Same for the encoders.
I happen to have one of these-
-so the heavy lifting as far as motor control goes I am hoping is done for me.
Mostly, I'm just curious if the Arduino can do it in your opinion. I'll start working on the design and learning up what all I need if someone says that it can be done. It seems simple on paper. Continuously read a couple of encoders, process it (allowing for things like programmed stops or not, speed changing by multiplying/dividing the input, etc.) and then sending it to the Roboteq which will drive the motors. Position does need to be precise.
Seems simple. But then I only know enough about electronics to get into trouble.
What do you think??