O.K. So I just got the USB Micro Maestro 6 channel servo controller in the mail today!
I’m very excited! This little device makes my eyes and imagination sparkle with delight.
I’ve already connected a batter pack (4-AA) to the servo bus and have two Futaba S3004 servos hooked up and it’s working beautifully! Haven’t done any scripting yet, but the little control center gui is pretty easy to play with.
So here’s my plan: I need to remotely control 2 servos attached to a webcam over the internet. I’d like to have a continuous servo for the x-axis and just about any servo will do for the y-axis of the movement.
I’ll be using Skype which can easily be configured to automatically pick up the call when I place it.
Here’s my problem. I want a continuous rotation servo for the x-axis, and from a previous project (the incredibly useless machine) I have a modded Futaba S3003 which allows continuous rotation however it lacks a signal wire. The mod simply had me remove the leads from the H-bridge, remove the H-bridge, solder the black and red wires directly to the motor, and remove the plastic nub from the gear which prevents 360 degree rotation.
In the end, the modded servo has become a 4.8 to 6 volt motor connected to a gear box.
I would like to connect this motor to the servo bus and use it to spin the camera back and forth. I still have the H-bridge, which I learned recently allows the unit to reverse the power feed. Would I simply reconnect the H-bridge and remove the potentiometer to allow the Maestro to turn the servo continuously or what?
Also, I know that commercial servos are available that have continuous rotation, but since I have a lot of the materials already I’m trying to get away without ordering yet another part.