Manishearth
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Wheels vs Continuous Tracks (Tank Treads)
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Well, you generally use wheels when: You want speed. Treads need a lot more torque to power, thus you generally use low-rpm/high torque motors. You want maneuverability: Treads are a big pain to turn ...

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Why are industrial machines called robots?
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No, that's the definition of "robotic paradigm", which is basically a class of paradigms for designing complex robots. The definition of "robot", in this context, is: A robot is a mechanical or ...

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How can I integrate a smart phone with my robotics project?
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The main problem as I see it isn't really interfacing with actuators-- if you have a good way to wirelessly transfer digital (even better would be analog, or a channel good enough to do PWM) signals, ...

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Programming Robots with JavaScript
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Generally there are many ways to use node.js with a platform, like this one for the RPi. There are a lot more similar ones if you just search for them. Another interesting one is ArduGate, which lets ...

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Has a robot ever taken a complete IQ test?
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Well, there have been many AI programs written specifically to ace IQ tests. Like this one and this one. I don't think there have been any robots (computer programs which control mechanical components)...

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More powerful alternatives to Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0?
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but with a more powerful "AI" ? Firstly, no robotics kit has any AI built in. AI needs to be tailor-made for the situation, it's not like you import AI and everything just... works. You need to ...

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Strategies for managing power on electrical systems for mobile robots
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I don't know any "rules", but for complex bots, I create separate "power" unit. It basically consists of the battery, as well as some 7805s/7809s. The 78xx series takes a 12V input and gives an xx V ...

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Effectiveness of a Mobile Robot In Relation To Mass
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Aside from the square-cube law for measuring the strength of the bot mentioned by user65, you have a few more effects. I don't know of any theorem for this, though. Firstly, note that "bigger ...

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Motor and Ethernet shields together
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The whole point of the chipselect pin is so that multiple devices (in this case, shields) can share the same SPI bus. As long as no two chipselect pins are the same, you ought to be fine. Make sure ...

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How to know when a Li-Po battery is discharged?
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Lithium polymer batteries do have a drop in their voltage as they discharge. Use a simple zener/opamp circuit (this is a good example of one), or just analogRead from a resistor system parallel to ...

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How to calculate serial speed and buffer requirements for PC to microcontroller communications?
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Instead of calculating the speed requirement (which may vary from time to time/comp to comp and whenever you change the code), there are some other things you can do: Have your μC request input by ...

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