As you can tell by the title, I'm planning on making a model of the curiosity rover. It will be quite big (around 40 cm long). I'm doing the project because I feel like I will learn a lot while building the model.
Here are the features I'm aiming for:
- Live camera.
- Pulse laser (I'll settle for a regular laser if this is too difficult/dangerous).
- 6 brushless motors for driving.
- 4 servo motors for steering.
- ~4 servo motors for controlling the arm.
- 2 servo motors for controlling the camera.
I now a fair bit about electronics but I'm new to programming. I'm confident that I can learn enough to get this project to work though. I'm not entirely sure how I will actually control the rover and how I will get the live video to work. Radio seems hard due to the limited number of channels. Maybe some fancy programming would allow me to control different things with a single input by using a switch. It wouldn't be a problem that I couldn't move the arm at the same time as move the rover, for instance. I honestly have no idea how I can control it in any other way because I'm quite new to this stuff. I assume some sort of a wireless router could work, but that would probably be complicated and expensive. There should be enough space for it though. I also have no idea on how I could send the video signal. I've tried to do some research but a lot of the sources are very unclear and are aimed towards flying drones.
I need some tips on what equipment to use for sending signals to the arduino(s). Is my radio transmitter with switches in order to use a single input for multiple outputs a possibility? I also need some tips concerning the video footage (How can I send the footage? What devices could I receive it on?).
I have a decent budget for the project but would like to keep the price for the equipment under $1250 if possible (17 year old with no income ;) ).