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Robotics is changing our lives

A few years ago, much of the content you have covered in this course would have been discussed exclusively in research laboratories, but robots have now shifted firmly from science …

Line sensors and how to use them

In this step you will investigate how a line sensor operates and how it detects a line. I will be using the TCRT5000 IR sensor as my example, but the …

Introduction to line-sensing robots

This week you will be attaching a line sensor to your buggy and turning it into a line-following robot. This type of robot is very popular with beginner roboticists, as …

Ultrasonic distance sensors

Your robot buggy will use an ultrasonic distance sensor (UDS) to help it navigate the physical world. In this step, you’ll look at how these work. Ultrasound A UDS uses …

Autonomous robots

So far this week you have been exploring how robots sense the world around them. In this step you are going to look at why it benefits robots to sense …

Robotic sensors

Robots, particularly autonomous ones, need to sense the world around them. In this step, I will take you through a few of the many options available to add sensing to …

Designing the chassis

Now that you have the motors set up, it’s time to design a chassis — the physical frame of your vehicle. Your buggy will need a chassis onto which you …

Connecting a motor to the motor controller

In this step you will start by connecting the motors to the motor controller board, before connecting the battery holder to the motor controller. The instructions are for a L298N …

The world of robotics

Robots are an integral part of modern life and are set to be even more prominent in the future. They come in all shapes and sizes and are able to …