I am a complete novice to Arduino and am looking for some advice. My team and I are trying to hook up 2 TT motors and 2 servos to be controlled remotely through an Arduino. We have purchased an L293D motor shield, and using very basic upload by the USB port from the Arduino IDE I have been able to make all 4 motors move appropriately. Our next issue is making this possible remotely and dynamically - for example, we press "W" and both TT motors go forward, we release "W" and they stop going forward. Arrow keys to control 5 degree angle increments of the servos etc.
Our first idea is the following, using a keyboard:
Our plan is to put a dongle to a wireless keyboard in this attachment, and transmit these instructions to control certain movements.
I would like some advice on how to attach pins - it seems like the L293D shield takes up all the pins, so the above tutorial may be incompatible with this shield. Will it still work? Or are their other better ways to remote control it? I'm not too concerned about anything fancy, just wireless and compatible with the above controls.
I am struggling to find documentation on this exact one as I believe it is not a genuine Adafruit etc. shield. Is there a way to remove some pins so I can access them separately? Any form of wireless communication would be good - I have connected my Arduino to my PC using a usb cord and can run dynamic commands by interpreting input in the serial monitor, but am looking for something slightly more reactive (i.e. move forward while W is held down, not move forward one second when the letter W is received) and also wireless.
Could options such as the Blynk app and an ESP8266 be possible with this shield?