This week, take a look into another video from Sariel. A LEGO Moon Rover, this time.
This is a model with large amount of functionalities proper from a vehicle of this kind. To accomplish it, this rover features 8 PF motors remotely controlled through 4 IR receivers, 3 linear actuators, 4 PF light sets, 1 PF switch and one non-LEGO wireless camera for on-board video transmission (like a real planetary exploration vehicle).
The camera addition is a very interesting combination which could add lots of fun and playability to many TECHNIC models.
It is the same kind of camera I use in my LUG events, inside trains to give a inner City perspective from the front of the locomotive, while running through the layout. Always something which raises the attention and interest from visitors.
It was also used at LEGOWORLD 2008 for the live video broadcast, attached to the fully remote controllable 8294 Excavator arm, so it could be positioned into a large number of angles. However this was not working properly at that time.
Rover also features: 4 driven pendular boogies for great mobility; camera pod with 180 degrees rotation and 75 degrees elevation; arm with near infinite rotation and 40 degrees elevation; a gripper to grab objects.
More photos from this model, on Sariel's BS folder.