I always wanted to play with a floor turtle at primary school, unfortunately it was broken so we never got the opportunity; so recently I thought it would be fun to play with a Big Trak. After finding a brand new, unopened one on eBay for £10, I couldn't resist and thought it would be a great time to have an experiment.
The Big Trak itself is reasonably limited, being able to store 16 commands programmed on it, I decided that my next project will be cracking it open and wiring it up to a Raspberry Pi to allow control of it through a web interface.
I've ordered the parts to add to it and will update the post when they arrive!
All the parts have arrived in a slew of packages from China Mail and Hong Kong Post. The components I've ordered were:
I intend to complete this project this summer by instead using a motor driver and an ESP8266. I was previously prohibited by the large battery drain due to the Raspberry Pi and corruption issues through frequent rebooting.
I'm hoping the new chip will alleviate this issue!