May 12, 2015

Remotely control 9V LEGO trains with Arduino and Infra-red

 Next in the series of ongoing tutorials for the beginner from the Arduino LEGO Trains YouTube channel is a neat explanation of how to add infra-red remote control to a 9V LEGO train system. This builds upon an earlier explanation of using an L298-based motor controller with an Arduino. 

Although the latest evolution of LEGO trains use infra-red remote control, the receiver is in the train and for larger layouts requires tracking by the user for control, whereas this system allows the user to stay in one place for control. Enjoy the following video for an interesting demonstration of what is possible:

Even if you're not interested in trains, this offers you the framework to add IR control to any Arduino-based project. For more interesting LEGO train videos, subscribe to their YouTube channel. And for more, we're on twitter, facebook and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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