For a long time, I wanted to build a radio-controlled car with a camera on board. The image from the camera would be transmitted on the screen of a computer, for example. However, I also wanted to try something different - control the camera remotely by the movement of either head or hands. This project presents two ways of controlling the camera - using a joystick or a gyroscope.
What it does
The position of a joystick or a gyroscope translates into rotation of a stepper motor with a camera.
How I built it
I used an Arduino Nano, a stepper motor, a joystick, and an MPU module.
Challenges I ran into
It was difficult to translate gyroscope measurements into the stepper motor rotation. Also, stepper motors heat up a lot after only minutes of use, so I had to find a heat sink.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I am proud of making the system work!
What I learned
I learned to write my own Arduino libraries by reading a datasheet for various modules.
What's next for the video surveillance system
That will be great if I could integrate the system on board of a radio-controlled car in the future!