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Robot Construction Kits

Posted on April 23, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Robotics Projects & Kits, Where to Start.

Robot Construction Kits can be distinguished from normal robot kits since they use modular parts and allow you to assemble different robots using the same parts. A robot kit on the other hand only allows you to build one robot. Robot construction kits are a great investment because they tend to include everything you need [...]
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“Raisons d’Être” of Robots

Posted on April 04, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Industry.

Robots can be used in almost any situation and are primarily intended to help humans in some way, shape or form. If you are unsure of what you want your robot to do or simply want to concentrate your efforts on specific tasks, here are some ideas:   Amusement & Companionship Building a robot in [...]
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Basics: How Do I Differentiate Between Robotic Kits?

Posted on March 28, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Where to Start.

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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VEX Robotic Projects

Posted on January 11, 2012

By Coleman Benson & filled under Robotics Projects & Kits.

About VEX Robotics VEX Educational Robotics is a robotic building system which allows you to design, build, control, then disassemble and rebuild remote-controlled, autonomous or semi-autonomous robots. There is also a VEX Pro series which allow you to make even larger and more powerful robots. VEX consists of several key building blocks: Motion VEX motion is composed [...]
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How to Make a Robot – Lesson 3: Making Sense of Actuators

Posted on September 02, 2010

By Coleman Benson & filled under How To Make a Robot.

Lessons Menu: Lesson 1 – Getting Started Lesson 2 - Choosing a Robotic Platform Lesson 3 - Making Sense of Actuators Lesson 4 - Understanding Microcontrollers Lesson 5 - Choosing a Motor Controller Lesson 6 – Controlling your Robot Lesson 7 - Using Sensors Lesson 8 - Getting the Right Tools Lesson 9 - Assembling a Robot Lesson 10 - Programming a Robot Making Sense of [...]
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Glad to see that you got the problem solved. Please let us know if we can assist with anything.
2014-09-11 17:39 by jarcand
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Got the answer from Vex directly. Apparently the brain was not fully tested before shipping. I contacted their Customer Support and they are forwarding prepaid shipping labels to send it back.
2014-09-11 16:00 by mfrederick
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I just purchased a Vex IQ Superkit for my son. Installed the battery into the brain, hit the "check" key, and it goes into something like a quality control test. It requests "cable 3" for loopback test, etc. We can't seem to get it out ...
2014-09-11 14:25 by mfrederick
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The only thing missing from the VEX kits is the software - consider either RobotC (text based) or EasyC (graphical). If you are not sure if a kit contains all the parts you need, we'd be happy to clarify.
2014-08-19 16:12 by CBenson
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The kids are in grades 9-12 and I just got the word I have $2,500 to get things rolling. I've done some research since your initial response and Vex definitely seems the way to go.
2014-08-19 15:15 by heffernan33
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There are many possible options, but it seems like a kit which can be reconfigured is best. Consider VEX: http://www.robotshop.com/en/vex-construction-robot-kit.html Ex: http://www.robotshop.com/en/vex-classroom-programming-kit-no-software.html This can be reused year after ...
2014-08-18 08:51 by CBenson
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... work with a tutorial on spark fun (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/dotbar-display-driver-hookup-guide). I plug them into the analog plug of a Vex Cortex 2.0 and i get numbers in the range of 50-200. if i go right up to the sensor it seems to respond, but it doesn't when far away. thanks
2014-06-22 11:03 by dfamil
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... What do you think? Seems about right - it just becomes a gear train. Also, how would I go about calculating the required torque (kg.cm) and if the VEX servo would be up to the job? I did physics back and A Level but it's been a while since I've actually used it in a practical situation. Calculate ...
2014-06-12 07:51 by CBenson
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Thanks for the reply. That bevel gearbox seems like a very good and compact solution. I had noticed that the VEX servo only rotates 100° which wouldn't be enough to rotate 90° and tilt 90°. (To rotate the screen the servos would rotate 90° in the opposite direction and to tilt ...
2014-06-11 19:20 by geekman92
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... gear box (image below as an example): http://www.robotshop.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/800x800/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/v/e/vex-bevel-gearbox-bracket-2pk-3.jpg You connect the two opposing bevel gears to servo motors and the third one is connected to the screen. Note that ...
2014-06-09 09:39 by CBenson
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The Cortex is a nice controller in that it uses standard 0.1" spaced pinout. The DFRobot sensor has a small white JST connector but includes an adapter cable so you can in fact plug it into 0.1" spaced headers. Double-check the pin assignment (V GND and Signal) before connecting. If they d...
2014-06-09 08:57 by CBenson
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hi

I want to use DFRobot Sound Sensor Product Code : RB-Dfr-38 with vex cortex. Is this possible? I want to create a Binaural sound sensor to have robot move towards a sound.

thanks

2014-06-04 18:35 by dfamil
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Some ideas: VEX IQ Super Kit (RB-Inn-331) http://www.robotshop.com/en/vex-iq-super-kit.html This is reusable, and students can make many different kinds of robots. The main controller may be a bit low level for your needs LEGO Mindstorms (RB-Leg-06) http://www.robotshop.com/en/lego-mindstorms-ev3-us-version.html ...
2014-01-30 16:44 by Jmair
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Some ideas: VEX IQ Super Kit (RB-Inn-331) http://www.robotshop.com/en/vex-iq-super-kit.html This is reusable, and students can make many different kinds of robots. The main controller may be a bit low level for your needs LEGO Mindstorms (RB-Leg-06) http://www.robotshop.com/en/lego-mindstorms-ev3-us-version.html ...
2014-01-30 15:35 by CBenson
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