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Mastering BeagleBone Robotics by Richard Grimmett

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Working of servomotors

Servomotors are somewhat similar to DC motors; however, there is an important difference. While DC motors are generally designed to move in a continuous way—rotating 360 degrees at a given speed—servos are generally designed to move within a limited set of angles.

In other words, in the case of a DC motor, you would generally want your motors to spin with continuous rotation speed that you control. But in the case of a servomotor, you would want your motor to move to a specific position that you control. This is done by sending a Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM) signal to the control connector of the servo. PWM simply means that you are going to change the length of each pulse of electrical energy in order to control something. ...

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