Robotics is a huge field, we will focus on robots that roll on wheels.
Robot – a machine capable of carrying out a series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.
Our definition of robotics will be loose. You can think: RC controlled object, fully autonomous, a machine that can sense its environment and reacts to it, or an object with a robotic esthetic.
Beam Bots – (from Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics and Mechanics) is a style of robotics that primarily uses simple analogue circuits, such as comparators, instead of a microprocessor in order to produce an unusually simple design. BEAM robots may use a set of the analog circuits, mimicking biological neurons, to facilitate the robot’s response to its working environment. – via
Micro Controllers on Wheels
Solar Powered Miniball – Instructables
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Part 1 of the Robot Assignment. You will choose your wheels, build a chassis, mount propulsion (motors, gearboxes, etc), consider power placement, electronics/micro-controller.
DC Motor Control Using an H-Bridge (phys comp)