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Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Design Patterns for Fun and Competition, Second Edition by James Jeffrey Trobaugh

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© James Jeffrey Trobaugh 2017

James Jeffrey Trobaugh, Winning Design!, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2105-1_4

4. Consistent Turning

James Jeffrey Trobaugh

(1)Roswell, Georgia, USA

There was a great movie back in the 1980s that had a character giving his buddy tips on how to ski; his simple instructions were “Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” Well, that advice can apply to robots too. We want our robots to go toward the mission, and if an obstacle gets in the way, we’re going to need to turn the robot. The trick is turning in a consistent manner that allows the robot to end up where we expect it to.

There are just as many factors that affect a smooth turn as for going straight. Your robot’s wheels, chassis design, and, of course, ...

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