In this course, we will introduce you to the basics of motion control and robotics. We will show you how to build a few simple circuits to connect motors and add motion control to your next project. We will start by covering the basics behind servo motors, and make our way toward adding larger motors to your projects, and using switching transistor circuits to drive them. Learning to control motors is a basic step to home automation and robotics projects. Finally, this course will teach you about H-Bridge circuits and Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Control Systems for extended control over speed, direction, and motion.
This course is offered in collaboration with SparkFun Electronics.
Session 1: Servo Motor Control We will start by covering the basics behind servo motors. We will show you how to control this motor with Arduino and add simple mechanisms to create animatronic puppets and automata from cardboard.
Session 2: Switching Transistor Circuits For Standard Motors In this session we'll cover how to add larger motors to your projects, including how to wire up a switching transistor circuit and use it to drive motors or other devices in your project.
Session 3: H-Bridge Motor Control Of Speed And Direction In this session we'll cover a variety of options for H-Bridge circuits, explain why they are useful, and show you how to wire one up to control a motor's speed and direction in code!
Session 4: PID Control Basics: How To Get To Where You Want To Go We will conclude with a lesson around Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Control Systems. PID is a control loop feedback mechanism used in robotics to accurately and efficiently control motion.
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