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Help & Tips – Control options

There are several different ways you can control you robotic creation. All of them require you to operate your robot “headless”, i.e. without a screen and keyboard attached. You will need to deal with the following issues to start with:

In terms of suggesting controllers you can buy, here are a few to get you started:

  • PlayStation 4 Dual Shock 4 (PS4 DS4) Controller – connects via Bluetooth
  • PlayStation 3 Controller – connects via Bluetooth
  • WiiMote – connects via Bluetooth. These are slightly more difficult to find nowadays, but can be found on eBay.
  • BlueDot – connect your mobile phone to your Pi via Bluetooth and your fingers as an analog control device
  • Keyboard – with a laptop connected via SSH to the Raspberry Pi, you can control it using the keyboard. Alternatively, a wireless dongle from a wireless keyboard can be used to make the connection, but you will need a way to automatically start your code to accept the input.