By Karl Lunt
Annotation This booklet, a compilation of articles from Karl Lunt's long-running column for Nuts & Volts journal, is a must-read for all newbie and intermediate-level robotics fans. Written in a pleasant, ordinary demeanour, it includes pleasing anecdotes in addition to functional suggestion and guideline. The author's tales approximately his a variety of robotics initiatives will motivate you to aim them your self; and he stocks his suggestions and code that will help you. attainable tasks variety from reworking a television handheld remote control right into a robotic controller to construction a robotic from a drink cooler. you might want to construct all of them; the author's enthusiasm for robotics is contagious! Read more...
summary: Annotation This ebook, a compilation of articles from Karl Lunt's long-running column for Nuts & Volts journal, is a must-read for all newbie and intermediate-level robotics lovers. Written in a pleasant, hassle-free demeanour, it comprises interesting anecdotes in addition to sensible recommendation and guide. The author's tales approximately his a variety of robotics initiatives will encourage you to attempt them your self; and he stocks his tips and code that will help you. attainable tasks diversity from remodeling a television handheld remote control right into a robotic controller to construction a robotic from a drink cooler. you want to construct all of them; the author's enthusiasm for robotics is contagious!
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The last item we will install on this board is a 10pin IDC male connector. This connector is arranged as two rows of five pins each; position pin 1 at A18 and pin 2 at A17. Hook pin 1 of this connector to ground and pin 2 to +5 VDC. The remaining pins are wired in order to pins 9 (PC0) through 16 (PC7) on the 68hc11s socket. Refer to the accompanying pinout diagram (Figure 3). This connector provides eight lines of bi-directional I/O, along with +5 VDC and ground for powering external circuitry.
This KK connector will carry the Rxd and Txd serial signals from the 68hc11. Install a 6-pin jumper block (arranged as 2x3 pins) with the center pins of each row in holes H1 and H2. Note that you may replace this component with a miniature DPDT switch, if available. Wire the jumper block and KK connector per the schematic. Install a 2-pin KK header (Molex part number 22-23-2021) with pin 1 in hole O6 and pin 2 in hole O5. Pin 1 will be ground and pin 2 will be +5V. Wire these two pins to all remaining ground and +5V pins.
Note that you MUST use a Renewal charger to recharge Renewal batteries; dont try to use a NiCd or other charger on these cells. Also, do not run a Renewal battery all the way down; this will effectively kill it. Ive used the same Renewals for over three years now, and only had to throw away about eight. Four of those fatalities occurred because I accidentally drained a set down to zero. To hold the batteries in your robot, you need a battery holder. Radio Shack sells a good assortment of holders made of nylon or similar light material.