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monster-drift

monster-drift

📻🏎 Drive a radio controlled car with Node.js and HackRF. This module should work with most radio controlled cars operating on a frequency of 27MHz.

Build status js-standard-style

180 turn

Contributions

Contributions are welcome! Add your own tricks and manoeuvres and make a Pull Request 🤕🙈✌️

Installation

Use from the command line:

npm install monster-drift --global

Use programmatically:

npm install monster-drift --save

CLI Usage

Simply run the monster-drift command to start. Use --help to get help.

Programmatic Usage

Drive forward for one seconds and stop:

var drive = require('monster-drift')()
 
drive.forward()
 
setTimeout(function () {
  drive.stop()
}, 1000)

API

Some cars might not support all commands.

var drive = new MonsterDrift([options])

This module exposes a MonsterDrift object that you can initiate to get a drive object.

Options:

  • channel - The channel to transmit on in the 27 MHz band (default: 19)
  • freq - The frequency in Hz to transmit on (overwrites channel)
  • speed - The default forward speed. Must be between 1 and 3 (default: 1). Can be overwritten with drive.forward(speed) (experimental)
  • swaplr - Boolean for inverting left and right (default: false)
  • stop - Milliseconds in which to automatically stop the card if no drive commands have been issued (default: never)
  • id - The HackRF device id to use (default: 0)
  • gain - The HackRF TX gain (0-47 dB in 1 dB steps, default: 47)
  • sampleRate - The sample rate used when transmitting (default: 10e6)

drive.forward([speed])

Drive forward.

An optional speed can be given between 1 and 3. The default speed is 1. Note that not all cars support all speeds.

drive.reverse()

Drive reverse.

drive.left()

Turn wheels left.

drive.right()

Turn wheels right.

drive.forwardRight()

Drive forward while turning right.

drive.forwardLeft()

Drive forward while turning left.

drive.reverseRight()

Drive reverse while turning right.

drive.reverseLeft()

Drive reverse while turning left.

drive.stop([callback])

Stop the car and turn off transmitter. Calls optional callback when done.

drive.close([callback])

Stop the car, turn off transmitter and close the HackRF USB connection. Calls optional callback when done.

drive.turn180([callback])

Make a 180. Calls callback when done.

drive.batch(commands[, callback])

Issue a series of driving commands to the car and call optional callback when done.

The commands argument is an array of commands. Each command is a double tuple with the following format: [function, duration]. The function part is a drive function, e.g. drive.forward, and the duration part is the number of milliseconds to perform the operation.

If the last tuple contains a duration then drive.stop will be called automatically. Leave out duratuon to continue forever.

// make a 180 
drive.batch([
  [drive.forward, 1000],
  [drive.right, 125],
  [drive.reverseLeft, 100],
  [drive.reverse]
])

License

MIT