For those just starting out with their Arduino and Freetronics boards, the following tutorial will be of interest. Rob Faludi takes the reader through different methods of controlling inexpensive DC motors with regards to speed and direction. Once mastered you will have a new way of driving inexpensive motors and also those found in cheap toys and remote-control cars. As well as simple transistor control, Rob takes you through using H-bridge ICs which allow software controlled direction and speed control. Loads of fun!
When making your own motor controllers, you'll need a protoshield to mount the external circuitry. In doing so, consider our range of ProtoShields. From the tiny LeoStick to the Mega range, we offer a complete range for you to work with.