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How to Wire a Relay

What is a Relay? A relay is a controllable switch that is used to open and/or close another circuit. There are multiple uses for relays in electrical work. Here at SuperDroid Robots, we use relays daily to help control robots. Different Types of Relays There are several types of relays each with their own applications and uses.  Electromagnetic relays, solid state relays, and thermal relays are on...

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Autonomous Robots Updated

New information on autonomous robots. We are currently working to populate our autonomous support page with detailed sensor information. When designing an autonomous robot, accurate sensor feedback is critical. Here we will provide in-depth information about sensors that are suitable for autonomous projects. The necessity of the following sensors depends on many factors such as operating environme...

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Encoder Support Overview

Encoder support starts with SuperDroid Robots There is a lot to know about encoders along with how and when to use them.  This post is intended to summarize all the past posts we have made the involve encoders and shed some more information/support on the topic. Motors with Encoders Most of our robot kits allow you to select the motors you want to used to drive the robot. The options will include ...

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Autonomous Robots Explained

Robots that can operate on their own The primary components of a mobile autonomous robot are positioning, obstacle detection, navigation, and control. At SuperDroid Robots we know all about autonomous robots, and how to make them work. This week we updated our Autonomous Programmable Robot page to include even more information than ever before. Do you want to supercharge your understanding of auto...

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Controlling a Dome Camera with Arduino

Zoom and focus commands using Arduino What is Arduino Arduino is an open-source platform that can be used for creating electronics projects. Arduino is made up of both a physical programmable circuit board (referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that is run on your computer and is used to write and upload computer code to the physical...

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Wifi ATR with RC Override

Wifi ATR with RC Override This week we want to share information on how to wire and program one of our Wifi ATR robots with RC override.  This allows two different ways to control your robot with the RC remote as the master controller.  The following example includes our programmable Wifi package interfacing with a Sabertooth motor controller and RC control package. Hardware PLC Inputs: RC receive...

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R-12 Robotic Arm Operation Guide

Technical Thursday #044; We recently completed an exhibit for the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, VA using an ST Robotics R12 arm. Visitors can program the arm to complete different challenges using a simple drag-and-drop block interface at three tablet stations. If you’re ever in the area, you should go check it out! In light of our recent experience working with the R12, we want to use thi...

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RoboteQ XDC2460 controller: Speed controller with encoder input.

Technical Thursday #043; Today we want to write about RoboteQ’s speed controller with encoder input like the RoboteQ XDC2460. This motor controller can handle 150 amps per channel and you can combine it with the DG-158 wheel chair motors. We recommend installing our, custom direct drive shafts or if you need custom sprockets you can fill our custom fabrication request. When you choose the wheel ch...

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RoboteQ MGS1600 MagSensor: Autonomous Robot Control TT-042

Technical Thursday #042 We appreciate robots that have a broad range of applications while being effective in their assigned task. Reliability and precision is key when designing a line following robot, and we carry a sensor that is up for the task! The RoboteQ MGS1600 is a magnetic guide sensor which is capable of detecting and reporting the position of a magnetic field along its horizontal axis....

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