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Robot Builder: The Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by John Baichtal

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10. Manipulators

A robot’s got to do something, right? Even if it’s as silly as picking up a ball, many robots have a manipulator of some sort—a claw, perhaps, like the one in Figure 10.1. It can be the most complicated part of the robot because of all the required motors and small moving parts.

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FIGURE 10.1 This Makeblock claw consists of four fingers positioned in a square.

There are a lot of manipulators out there, and some of them are a little iffy, definition-wise. For instance, is a permanent marker a manipulator? I say yes! However, many people would argue against that. Nevertheless, in the cause of providing as much information as possible, ...

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