Put the brain into your bot! Don Wilcher's Arduino Robotic Motor Controllers shows the way to building programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for robotic control of off-the-shelf toys and kits, as well as of robots you build yourself from the ground up.
Arduino Robotic Motor Controllers walks you through building your own PLC using Arduino. You'll learn to connect your PLC to various sensors, and program it to control the various types of motors -- DC, servor, and sensor -- used in robotics. At the end of the book you'll be confident in builting your own robotic devices capable of independent operation within the parameters of your programming.
- Explains PLCs and how to build them using Arduion
- Covers the controlling of stepper motors and servos
- Helps you collect and interpret sensor data
PLCs are small computing devices for controlling servo and stepper motors, collecting and reacting to sensor data, and for controlling devices such as LEDs and buzzers and anything else of that nature. PLCs have been used for decades in industry whenever there's been a need to control machines and circuits that must respond to changing conditions. The abiltiy to collect and interpret sensor data, and to translate that interpretation into new activity defines the PLC, and is precisely what is needed in the field of robotics.
What youll learn
- Build and control a variety of small motors
- Collect and interpret sensor data
- Translate sensor data into motor control
- Bring robotic life to off-the-shelf kits
- Provide control over robots you build yourself
- Build devices that function independently in the physical world
Who this book is for
Arduino Robotic Motor Controllers is aimed at electronics hobbyists and new Arduino and robotics enthusiasts. It is especially appropriate for Arduino enthusiasts wanting to build devices that bridge the world of thought to the physcial world around us by creating devices capable of collecting and interpreting sensor input, and reacting in the real world.