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Robot Programming: A Guide to Controlling Autonomous Robots by Tracey Hughes, Cameron Hughes

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7. Programming Motors and Servos

Robot Sensitivity Training Lesson #7 A robot’s sensors can cause its grasp to exceed its reach.

In Chapter 5, “A Close Look at Sensors,” and Chapter 6, “Programming the Robot’s Sensors,” we discussed sensors: what they sense, how they sense, and of course how to program them. We saw that without sensors, a robot does not know the state of the environment, what is going on, or the current conditions. With that information, decisions are made and tasks can be performed for the situation. That activity is implemented by the actuators of the robot(s). Actuators are the mechanisms that allow robots to act upon the environment.

Actuators Are Output Transducers

In Chapter 5, we discuss how sensors, input transducers, ...

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