When you’re building a DIY robot, the physical structure is only one piece of the puzzle. The other major piece is how to control the thing. There are lots of choices for doing that, but a new servo controller from Cross Product Creations looks like it’ll make that choice easier than ever.
The ServoShock 2 is a board that acts as a bridge between a Sony Dual Shock 4 controller and the servos, as well as digital outputs. The board can control up to 12 individual servos, and an additional 18 digital outputs. Those are mapped to the Dual Shock’s buttons, analog sticks, touchpad, and tilt sensor in a default scheme, but can be reconfigured if you use the ServoShock 2 as a shield for an Arduino Uno.
You can use the built-in power regulator, which is ideal for small hobby servos. Or, if you’re using more robust servos you can bypass that and connect them directly to a more substantial power supply. Finally, the Dual Shock 4 can be connected to the ServoShock 2 either with a USB cable, or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
The ServoShock 2 is on Kickstarter until February 23rd, and you can snag a board for $55. Backers should receive their rewards in April.