by Dale Wheat

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Motion Control

You can use a couple of small electric motors to scoot a little robot around on the floor, and maybe throw in one or two more to operate a primitive gripper or arm-like mechanism. On the other end of the spectrum, you can design and build arrays of powerful servos that fully emulate a humanoid. Your first robotic experiments ought to be somewhere in between. To guarantee that you build your skill set rapidly and effectively, it’s recommended that you move from one successful project to the next. Now to do that, it’s best to start out with baby steps, learn from your mistakes what works and what doesn’t work, and then apply that hard-won expertise in the next design challenge.

As you might expect by now, there are several technologies ...

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