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Lessons Menu: Lesson 1 – Software Downloading / Installing & Interface Lesson 2 – Basic Code Lesson 3 – Sensors: Potentiometers Lesson 4 – Sensor: Infrared Distance Lesson 5 – Actuator: Servo Motor Lesson 6 – Sensor: Force, Bend, Stretch Lesson 7 – Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro, IMU Lesson 1 Hardware: Computer / Laptop or Netbook […]

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Robots and artificial devices have always interested humans as they are the first devices mankind has created that has the potential to match and surpass our own abilities. For this reason, many technologically advanced companies have created robot kits in order to satisfy people’s need and desire for devices that emulate human thought, form and […]

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How Do I Differentiate Between Robotic Kits?

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Troubleshooting a robot, building a custom robot or simply searching for the right part is significantly easier when there are others who are not only knowledgeable but are willing and able to help.   RobotShop Help   RobotShop understands that selecting the ideal robot, building a custom robot and troubleshooting are important to users. LEARNING […]

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A custom robot design often starts with a “vision” of what the robot will look like and what it will do. The types of robots possible are unlimited, though the more popular are: Land-based wheeled robot Land-based tracked robot Land-based legged robot Air-based: plane, helicopter, blimp Water-based; boat, submarine Misc. and combination robot Stationary robot […]

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What Types of Mobile Robots are There?

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Are you looking to make a wheeled robot and not sure what size wheel you need? Here we provide an insight into some of the equations which affect your robot’s speed and distance traveled. Angular Velocity The velocity (feet per second) of a robot is directly related to the angular velocity, w (in radians per […]

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A Motor Controller is a device that acts as intermediary between your robot’s microcontroller, batteries and motors. A motor controller is necessary because a microcontroller can usually only provide roughly 0.1 Amps of current whereas most actuators (DC motors, DC gear motors, servo motors etc.) require several Amps. The current a motor consumes is related to […]

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What is a Motor Controller?

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An actuator is a device that converts electrical energy into physical motion. Choosing the right actuators (which include DC motors, gear motors, servo motors, linear actuators, muscle wire etc.) requires an imagination and a bit of math and physics. The vast majority of actuators produce either rotational or linear motion though combinations thereof can lead to complex motion. […]

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