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ROVer Robot: Turbo Charger FAIL… not enough power captain! We do Mount the new IR Sensors though :)

Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get ROVer’s shinny new Turbo Charger (aka DC Step-UP Power Converter) to work.

I’m 99% sure that I got the wiring correct, even with my added complications of wiring via the Relay controller board, but I couldn’t get the converter to deliver anything more than the 12 volts that I as putting into it. I’ve reached out to the makers of the board, DFRobot, and hopefully someone will have some advice for me… I hope it’s not defective, though. I did see another comment on their store/website of another user experiencing the very same result. We’ll see, I guess.

In the meantime, we’ve got work to do with adding more components to ROVer’s chassis – specifically 2 additional IR Sensors (from SHARP) on either side. This will now, in theory, at least, allow ROVer to evaluate the distance to walls on either side of him when traveling down a hallway and, …again… in theory, if I can get the programming right… allow him to adjust his orientation such that he remains in the middle. Crazy, I know 😛

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