- Circuit diagram
| Transmitter and Hand-Controller
| First drawing
| Gallery 1982
| Gallery 2021
|M23 by David Buckley
The ZX-81 program allowed the user to type in a series of commands in up to ten separate routines called macros and then to type in a list of up to ten names in a list of macros to be executed.
- M23 - Retired
- Computer controlled Turtle using an Infra Red
Won a Bronze Medal at the 1988 International Model Engineer Exhibition, London.
Photograph - Scale Models International, April 1988, p207.
Built May 1982.
Size - 10" * 10" * 5".
Operational area - minimum 4ft * 4ft plus host computer.
Built to be controlled over an Infra-Red (IR) link from a
Sinclair ZX-81 or a Compukit UK101.
M23 or MM3 stands for Micro Machine 3.
It was the third robot vehicle I made.
- # Photos
- # Technical information
- # Upgrade Log
- Circuit diagram
- Transmitter and Hand-Controller
- First drawing
- Gallery 1982 photos
- Gallery 2021 photos
The tower at the rear houses the IR detector with the decoder, diode-logic plus motor-control-relays are on a circuit board in the body.
Round the perimeter to detect contact with obstacles are eight Sensor plates with switches behind, the intention was to send the Sensor information to the controlling computer.
The Arm in the centre carried a pen to draw Logo style Turtle graphics and the complete pen-unit was detachable, the signals and power being routed through the 16-way DIL socket and plug just behind the box, containing the motor, which is marked RI. While at an exhibition someone stuck an Atari sticker on MM3, probably because it was running off a ZX-81 at the time. So I cut up the sticker to make the RI and rainbow.
On the other side the 16-way DIL socket carrys the signals from the Sensor plates and signals from the IR decoder to the motor relays. The socket is wired to allow signals from the socket to over-ride the IR-decoder. The intention was to mount a small computer in the spare space to starboard of the pen and have it do local control.
The IR sender (not shown), besides having a socket for signals from the controlling computer, also has a set of buttons for manual control. Using the buttons proved much more fun!
At 2007 MM3 still exists and with the odd drop of WD40 in various places, especially the pen mechanism limit switches (replaced in 2011), will still perform. One day I might even de-retire (detire?) it and put on a 'Stamp' for local control.
Photos - May 1982
The middle photo shows the hacked TK Electronics IR receiver kit powered by two 9v batteries.
The prototype transmitter electronics.
- March 2011 - remade the limit switches for the Pen servo.
- 18-3-1990 - replaced the two 9v batteries with a 5v to isolated +-12v converter, the combined 24v was then regulated to 15v for the electronics.
- May 1982 - designed and built.
 - 'Micro Machine 3' was suggested by Steven John, a work collegue.