How to Build an RC Spy Car

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James Bond, Spy vs. Spy, MacGyver, The Avengers, Austin Powers…spies are just cool, and the toys they get to play with are even cooler. One of the most important weapons of mass espionage in any super-secret agent’s arsenal is the remote viewing device, also known in its most awesome form as the remote-control, or RC, spy robot.
With the rampant availability of cheap RC toy vehicles and the newer Linksys Wireless-G web cam (chosen for its reasonable price and ability to connect to a wireless network), you can build your own spy robot for pennies on the dollar, and join the most elite group of secret agents.

Things You'll Need

  • RC car with removable cover
  • Flat-tip screwdriver
  • Linksys Wireless-G camera
  • Flat surface adhesive
  • Gloves
  • Use the flat-tip screwdriver to remove the RC car’s decorative cover, making sure to avoid damaging the remote-controlled base underneath. The antenna for these cars, where present, usually exits through a hole in the decorative cover, so be extra careful not to damage the antenna.

  • Use the sharp edge of your screwdriver to rough-up the surface of the RC base where you’d like to mount the camera. Scratch a crisscross pattern, creating a roughed-up area roughly the size of the bottom of your camera’s mounting base.

  • Put on your protective gloves. Apply a thin layer of flat surface adhesive over the roughed-up area.

  • Stick the flat mounting surface of the Linksys camera to the epoxy-covered area, pressing down firmly to secure it in place. Make sure the camera is facing the direction your robot will be driving when moving forward.

  • Wait for the epoxy to dry. Depending on the epoxy you’ve chosen, this could take from a few hours to a day.

  • Connect your wireless camera to a computer on the local network with the included Linksys software.

  • Check the incoming video for clarity, consistency, color accuracy, and range of transmission.

  • Find out the range of your new RC spy robot by driving it farther and farther away from the receiving computer until the camera or the RC signal goes out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Install a range-extending antenna to expand your spy robot's navigable territory. You can get these antennas at most RC hobby shops.

References

  • Photo Credit screwdriver image by Sid Viswakumar from Fotolia.com
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