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Mechanical, electronic or programmatic design of a robot.

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How many amps do I want my Switching BEC to provide?

I'm trying to power 7-12 servos, and I was under the impression that each one would need about an amp, but in looking around for an appropriate BEC to supply them, I notice that most seem to output ...
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Why are Mars rovers so slow?

Mars rovers are typically very slow. Curiosity, for example, has average speed of about 30 meters per hour. Why is it designed so slow? Is it because of some specific power restrictions or for other ...
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MEMS accelerometer calibration

I am trying to calibrate a MEMS accelerometer. I was able to calibrate it for the current axis which is parallel to gravity and shows correctly, 1g. But the other two axes which should be 0.00g are ...
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Good book on mechanisms [closed]

I am working with students (9th & 10th grade) on robotics and wanted to get a good book which covers basic mechanisms. Does anyone have any recommendations. Searching Google or Amazon yields ...
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Why do Mars rovers designers prefer wheels over tracks?

Typically Mars rovers use wheels and not tracks. I guess Spirit would have better chances getting out of that soft soil should it have tracks. In general, Mars surface structure is not known in ...
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Why are quadcopters more common in robotics than other configurations?

I've noticed that almost all research being done with helicopter robots is done using quadcopters (four propellers). Why is there so little work done using tricopters in comparison? Or a different ...
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Wheels vs Continuous Tracks (Tank Treads)

I'm building a small robot using some cheap Vex Robotics tank treads. However, my choice of picking tank treads is almost purely based on the fact that they seem like more fun than wheels. I don't ...
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What is the best way to power a large number (27) servos at 5 V?

I apologize if this question may sound a little vague. I am working on a robotics project that will contain 27 servos of various sizes and I am having trouble figuring it how they should be powered. ...
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Effectiveness of a Mobile Robot In Relation To Mass

Do mobile and/or autonomous robots become more or less effective the bigger they get? For example, a bigger robot has bigger batteries, and thus bigger motors, whereas a smaller robot has the exact ...
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Is it better to have batteries distributed at the rotors or the center of the multicopter?

I've seen 3 approaches to mounting batteries on a multicopter: All the batteries rigidly mounted near the center of the airframe All the batteries in a bag hanging under the center of the airframe ...
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Is it better to have weight distributed over the wheels or the center of the robot?

When designing a standard 4 or 6 wheel robot, is it better to have the weight distributed primarily in the center of the robot, or over the wheels, or is there no difference? Specifically, which ...
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Calculating the efficiency of Mecanum wheels

I'm part of a FIRST Robotics team, and we're looking into using Mecanum wheels for our robot. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Mecanum wheel versus regular ones? From looking ...
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Choosing the right dimensions for an underwater glider

I'm looking to potentially build an underwater glider, a type of submarine that's slow but can operate on extremely low power draw. However, in order for it to work effectively I've found several ...