As motor robots become increasingly popular, it’s important to be familiar with the different types available. Here are some of the most common motor robots and what they’re used for.
This motor robot is built to mow lawns and can handle slopes of up to 18 degrees.
The green-and-white machines, manufactured by the Friendly Robotics company in England, were released into the market in 1999 and retail for about $3000. The original model was discontinued in favor of Robomower RL and RL Neo, which offer automated docking and a number of other features.
Robomower uses a combination of sensors to detect obstacles in its way and can mow most types of grass so long as it doesn’t exceed 10 centimeters (4 inches) in length. The robot’s blades are able to withstand the heat and humidity typically found in lawns and to reduce noise, its engine has a special sound-dampening system. The robot’s compact design makes it suitable for lawns of all shapes and sizes, while the blades retract when not in use to prevent accidents.
Robomower can be scheduled to operate at specific times or allowed to roam freely within a designated area. It’s also equipped with an anti-theft system – in the unfortunate event that it’s stolen, its engine will stop when it detects that it’s no longer on safe ground.
The robot is controlled by a RF (radio frequency)/IR (infrared) remote control or through an onboard panel, which displays information about the machine’s activities in terms of mowing time, distance traveled and charging time.
Lynxmotion SSC-32 Servo Controller And Robot Control System
The Lynxmotion SSC-32 is a compact controller board that can be programmed using the Microsoft Windows operating system to control up to 32 servos (with a maximum voltage rating of 12 volts DC) or PWM (pulse-width modulation) channels. You can also use the board to control a variety of devices such as LEDs, relays and sensors – all you need is the appropriate accessories.
Using this controller board, you can easily create complex movements and motions, allowing for accurate and smooth operations. It’s also exceptionally easy to use, is fairly inexpensive, and can be operated at home or in the field.
Lynxmotion SSC-32 comes preprogrammed with a number of demo scripts that show you how to use its features to achieve specific effects – for example, moving servos, rotating an axle or rotating multiple axes simultaneously. It also has two sets of screw terminals to connect your servos, as well as six ports that can be used to connect sensors or switches.
A wide range of optional accessories are also available for the board, including a GWS S3010 Servo Controller and a Maxbotix Sonar Range Finder. Basic demos of these accessories are included with Lynxmotion SSC-32, allowing you to determine if they’re compatible with your requirements.
Lego Mindstorms Robots
The Lego Group’s LEGO MINDSTORMS is a robotics construction set that lets you build and program robots using the same building blocks commonly found in children’s playrooms. The basic kit includes various bricks (including beams, axles and wheels) as well as a color/light sensor, infrared transmitter and receiver, an ultrasonic sensor, Lego timing motors and a programmable brick – all of which you can use to build fully functional robots.
In addition, standard LEGO elements – such as gears, beams and pneumatic hoses – can be used to create more complex structures. You can also use the programmable brick (programmed using a personal computer and various programming languages like ROBOTC, LabVIEW or NXT-G) to control your robot’s movements.
Lego Mindstorms robots are customizable and let you create both autonomous and remote-controlled models. They’re suitable for kids 10 years old and older, though adults can also use them for educational, academic and scientific purposes.
iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
The iRobot Roomba 650 is an autonomous, intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner that uses onboard sensors to navigate through your home or office, removing dirt and debris as it travels from floor to floor. The robot’s sensors allow it to detect the size of your room, allowing it to map out an efficient way of cleaning.
Roomba 650 also uses sensors to prevent collisions (with walls, furniture or other obstacles) – its bumper detects when there’s contact with objects and immediately stops moving.
Two drive motors give the robot the ability to turn quickly (making it easy to clean hard-to-reach places), while a brushless DC drive motor delivers enough power to the machine’s rubber extractors to sweep over carpet, rugs and hard floors without crushing or slipping.