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Has anyone finished a Master's degree after working for a few years following undergrad? [closed]

TLDR: If you have done what the title says, would you recommend it? I am trying to decide between a MSc in Robotics and an embedded systems engineering job right now; I have offers from both. I have ...
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Large RF robot network

A friend of mine asked me to help with thinking about a solution to create a RF communication between 8 robots and 1 access point. Not a lot of traffic, just to signal that the robot is (almost) at ...
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Absolute encoder or Incremental encoder?

I'm planning on making a robot whose exact location can be tracked, which would be appropriate to use-- an absolute encoder or an incremental encoder and convert the number of rotations to distance ...
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Can someone explain the battery management schematic for the following robot?

This seems like a good start to build my own battery management system. Can someone explain how exactly is this circuit working? See link for full size image. Link to Full Size Image Link to Robot ...
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building a remotely controlled remote controlled car :) [closed]

I am a newb to EE (I am a web developer). My friend works remotely and this is what I would like to accomplish: Build a web interface like this: When he visits this interface from a remote ...
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embedded programming flashing program

Hello All, I'm new to this board and looking for some opinions. I've searched the board a bit and found similar questions but not quite what I'm looking for. I'm looking for some help deciding on an ...
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Gyro-based mechanical stabilization in robotics

I'm from a computer engineering background and have a good knowledge about programming microcontrollers. I want to create a small plastic plane that is always kept parallel to ground regardless of the ...
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Automatic agricultural robot using 8051 [closed]

I want to build a automatic agricultural robot for my final year diploma project. The basic idea is to program 8051 to drive the robot in a fixed path in farm for ploughing the farm which i am ...
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How to adjust or obtain different IR Transmitter's distances?

I would like to recreate a infrared concept used by in the vacuum cleaning robot's charging station. I would like to use 3 infrared transmitters all in same wave length and transmit a synchronized ...
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Suggestions for beginner in Robotics [closed]

I am beginner in Robotics.I want to make serious start from scratch with interest but confused from where to start.So can anyone give some suggestions for 1.As a beginner in robotics ,are there some ...
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Is there any way I can power my 120-220V AC motor from a battery

I am building a new robot, it's a little bit heavy, so it's hard to find a motor that can push it. I am thinking of a way to use machines at home (I have two options: Automatic hair drying machine and ...
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What is the scope of Electronics Engineering in Robotics/Automation? [closed]

I am beginner in Robotics .I have taken admission for Electronics engineering one year back as we hardly have specifically Robotics Engineering Branch in my Country.Now,I am suffering from questions ...
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Is it possible to run 2 motors independently with USB?

Is it possible to run two motors independently in both directions with usb using no microcontroller but just some discrete components? I'm trying to create the cheapest possible robot that can just ...
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Robotics Experts: How to do trajectory planning for a robotic arm

I have a homemade 3D printed prosthetic robotic arm similar to the picture below Right now this is completely open loop control system. The elbow, wrist and base can only rotate in around its ...
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Is this sequential function chart correct?

I have to draw the sequential function chart of a robotic arm which in the beginning of a process is in the position A. If it gets an impulse from the sensor S1 it moves to the left and for 5 ...
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Capacitor Charging

Just a quick question, because i want to know if its possible. My son asked me if a kind of light harvesting robot could be made. That roams around, finds light, then charges, then runs around ...
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What would be the best microcontroller for running PID calculations? [closed]

I need a microcontroller for my line following robot. Which one would be the best considering a price below $30 and preferably >120MHz clock?
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Questions About Wiring High-Power Robotics Motor Chassis

I recently ordered a Wild Thumper 6WD robot chassis to build for a school robotics club project. I've built smaller, simple robots before, but I haven't built one with such high power requirements ...
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Reaction vs Rotary torque sensor for force/impedance control

I am working on a robotic system that is requiring a torque feedback from a rotational (single axis) joint for a force or impedance control loop. When researching the available torque sensors I've ...
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control circuit of a humanoid robot (something like i-cub or Asimo)

my friend and I are building the upper body of a humanoid robot for our MSc thesis project. There are 24 dc motors in this robot the thing I want to know is what is the best way to command these ...
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Connecting multiple servos for a robotic arm

i am computer programmer and its really been long since i have done electronics. I need help on connecting my servos to an arduino to power my robotic arm. This is the robotic arm that i am trying to ...
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How to increase the range of this circuit?

I have planned to build a project named Human Detection Robot using the following circuits which are collected from a webpage: Images Resource Post Link: Human Detection Robot But, I got following ...
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How can we increase the range of a line sensor to make it work as a proximity sensor?

Basically, I have this line sensor. It is designed to distinguish black and white lines. It detects white surface and gives me digital 1 as output and 0 in case of black. But the surface need to be ...
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Components needed to determine position in 3 dimensions?

I'm trying to make a quadcopter using an arduino as a base. I've read on some physics involving determining pitch, yaw and roll and it seems like I'll need a gyroscope and a accelerometer. However, ...
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Selecting digital componentry in bulk [closed]

There are a ton of electronics retailers and suppliers on the internet, all selling components at (essentially) retail prices. But when big companies need to use digital components (batteries, ...
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PWM or switch port programmatically for Servo

Is there a huge difference between using a PWM and switching a port through a program (like using switch) for operating Servos? For smooth movement is PWM necessary or switching using a program will ...
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Explanation and usage of LM324

I am trying to make a line follower robot using LM324 as comparator, but I cannot understand the theory or the explanation of this circuit. I also don't know how to calibrate it with the IRs.
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Powering a DC car vacuum cleaner with a brushless motor for better performance?

I'm making a self autonomous vacuum cleaning robot for a project and I need a vacuum cleaning mechanism to install on the robot. The problem I'm having is with figuring out how to make the vacuuming ...
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Robot following you; what's the best way?

I built a human-sized robot that can follow anyone wearing an IR beacon. It works quite well indoors and it's quite precise, but outdoors it is completely blind due to sunlight infrared. I have a ...
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Trying to figure out how to solar power an embedded device

I have an Arndale octa board which itself needs 5V 3A power supply. Then I have four (4x) DC 5V motors and a 5V servo, and a number of other peripheals. So I think 5V 5A is safe to assume? I want ...
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Video guidance system for 3pi robot to PC

I am currently working on a graduate project. It aims to build the guidance video system from 3pi robot. The video input would determine the types of action that the robot needs to executed. I'd like ...
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Vex 393 motor with 12V supply

Have a Vex 393 2-wire motor and I'm using a 6-40V PWM driver @ 5A max. My question is this... The Vex was spec'd at 4.8A stall current and 0.37A no-load current at 7.2V. From what I've read here ...
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Servo doesn't move when driven by a PIC micro controller [duplicate]

I have a PIC12F629 and a servo sg5010(for which I could not found any datasheet ) So I built this circuit : simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab The LED is for ...
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How to make two motors spin at the same speed?

I am currently using two identical motors to drive a robot. The motors are both controlled using relays but one of the motors is spinning faster than the other. How can I slow down the faster motor ...
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Is it possible to use 2 relays instead of a DC motor controller?

I have been for motor controllers to control two 12V motors that have a stall current of 130A and at max power (expected operation) will draw 68A. I am having trouble finding low cost motor ...
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Is It Safe To Apply 24V Across a 12V Motor?

I am trying to determine if it is safe to apply 24V across a 12V rated motor. I am working on a robot that weighs approximately 150lb and has a friction intensive drive system. I believe the motors ...
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ARM microcontrollers for robotics [closed]

I have been working on ARM9 microcontroller LPC3141 until recently, but I am wondering if there are any better and newer ARM microcontrollers more suitable for robotics. ADD: Are there any general ...
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GPS positioning for quadcopter

I am an engineering undergraduate student. I am currently working on a project to implement a sensing package on a quadcopter for the deployment in the canopy of tropical rain forests. This package ...
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Identifying this “Transistor”, in this particular circuit [closed]

I'm in FIRST robotics, and I've been helping with our robot over the past few weeks. Every robot (in FIRST) is required to have a status light, which is fancy-ily connected to some other gear. ...
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PD control (PID without I) - Homework help

I've been given a system - x" = bx′ + kx + ru and I've been asked to rewrite it in the canonical form x' = AX + BU. I've got -- ...
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Serial connection between Raspberry Pi and Roomba

I have a Raspberry Pi with this FTDI cable and a Roomba 560. The Roomba has an SCI port to allow for control of the roomba via serial. I installed the PySerial library on the pi and send valid ...
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Using srf05 ultrasonic sensor to detect changes only

I am using the SRF05 sensor to detect distance, so far so good. Now we need to detect only changes, which means, the sensor will have some close object to it, but ...
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How to drop 6 volts to 5 volts

I am designing a robot using the PIC16F877A microcontroller that will avoid walls and obstacles. I plan to have it run off of 4 AA batteries. I was wondering how i would convert the 6 volt input ...
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How to get input voltage of 5 and 6 volts

I have an interesting problem in building something with robotics. I am using a PIC16F877A micro-controller to control the robot. The motors of the robot require 6 volts and the PIC requires 5 ...
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Using a FTDI to USB adapter with a raspberry pi and a roomba [closed]

I'd like to control a Roomba 560 using its 8-pin mini din SCI port. I've seen other people do this successfully but I'm still unclear on how exactly to go about this. I was planning on using an USB to ...
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How can we use a usb(in a laptop) for general purpose input/output operations, such as robotics control [closed]

How can we use a usb port (in a laptop) for general purpose input/output operations, such as robotics control?? I want to control an external hardware such as a robot or say simply an array of LEDs ...
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What does this Op Amp circuit do in this circuit for a line following robot?

I have seen a schematic for a line following robot, but there is something that I can't understand and is shown in the figure below, what is the purpose of the Op Amp circuit? I know that BREAK input ...
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How do IR sensors detect color? [closed]

I'm trying to make a line following robot using Arduino. I have searched the Internet for information on how to build it, but a few questions remain: How does an IR sensor detect colors? What ...
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Gear ratio reading [closed]

I've ordered a little cheap kit of gears from Tamiya with multiple possibility os gear boxes to test. But I'm wondering how to read the value of the ratio as I'm not sure I've understand it quite ...
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Arduino multiple serial module usage

I'm stuck at this seemingly simple thing. I have a NMEA GPS module. It doesn't matter how it operates, it just transmit serial data stream at a baud rate of 38400. I have an arduino Mega which has ...