Good afternoon all! As the title indicates I am trying to help my son with his school project. In order to do so I'm also having to educate myself. He decided to build a small RC-type vehicle for his project. He created a basic design and parts list. The parts list has being reworked as we've learned more though. I'm at the point where I need to pull the trigger on actually ordering the brains of his creation, but my own lack of knowledge has made me wary of doing so without learning more. As such, I wanted to reach out to any of you who might have a moment to take quick glance at the parts list and let me know if I'll have everything needed or if I'm missing anything major. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can lend. Right! To it then:
I'll be making a small chassis for everything to mount to/be housed in. The wheels have been delivered. The drive motor is a small, dual drive motor, with each motor operated independently. I'm at work currently, but will try to update this post with the specs after dinner tonight. He's going to mount a caster wheel in the back. In this way steering can be achieved by simply powering one motor faster than the other. I recommended to him that he keep it as simple as possible. He has been trying to determine how to control the vehicle. His original plan, after some internet research, was a Pi and a playstation controller. He's been having some trouble determining the best way to achieve control, which is where this post comes in. I did some research and came upon the Blynk app, which is compatible with the Arduino 101. It seems to fit the bill. BUT....
A) Will he need an ethernet shield? Am I correct in thinking that he can connect to our PC (assuming the Arduino 101 IDE has been downloaded) with a USB to transfer any needed data to the vehicle-mounted Arduino 101?
If so then it seems like he has no need for the Ethernet shield, but we're not certain.
B) Power - My understanding is that the Arduino will not come with any cables, so I will need to procure a battery pack of the correct specifications or a plug of the correct DC specs. It seems as though, as a moving vehicle, it would require a battery pack, but I'm uncertain whether one can be connected to the Arduino 101. Or should a battery pack be connected to the board's power socket via a battery pack-to-male plug of some kind?
C) Any recommendations for an inexpensive breadboard?
Beyond that, I intend to get the necessary wire and solder (I have a soldering iron already) in order to connect the board to the motors and anything else I'm unaware of.
I apologize for anything in here that seems simple to those of you with more experience. I just started learning about Arduino 101's, IDE's, ethernet shields, etc. today while at work. Normally I just fiddle with things until I figure them out, but it's a little different when the items in question are sitting in an internet grocery cart waiting for money that I don't want to waste on non-essentials lol. I'm really excited to watch my son bring this thing to life though, so thank you again for reading the post and for any information you may be able to provide!