Build your own robot! by Karl Lunt

By Karl Lunt

Annotation This publication, a compilation of articles from Karl Lunt's long-running column for Nuts & Volts journal, is a must-read for all newbie and intermediate-level robotics fans. Written in a pleasant, undemanding demeanour, it includes interesting anecdotes in addition to useful suggestion and guideline. The author's tales approximately his a variety of robotics initiatives will encourage you to aim them your self; and he Read more...

summary: Annotation This publication, a compilation of articles from Karl Lunt's long-running column for Nuts & Volts journal, is a must-read for all newbie and intermediate-level robotics fans. Written in a pleasant, trouble-free demeanour, it comprises exciting anecdotes in addition to useful suggestion and guide. The author's tales approximately his a number of robotics initiatives will motivate you to aim them your self; and he stocks his assistance and code that will help you. attainable initiatives diversity from reworking a television handheld remote control right into a robotic controller to construction a robotic from a drink cooler. you want to construct all of them; the author's enthusiasm for robotics is contagious!

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The power-on default for the bits in DDRC is 0; this initializes all PORTC pins to be inputs. You can change the configuration of any PORTC I/O line at any time by simply setting the proper bit in DDRC to the necessary state. To experiment with the PORTC I/O lines, connect a DVM between ground and pin 9 of the 68hc11’s socket. You should read a very low voltage. Now, use the command: ms 1007 1 to configure bit 0 of PORTC as an output line. The DVM will likely show a value very close to 0 VDC. Now, anything you write to bit 0 of PORTC will appear on pin 9.

Next, enter: adda #2d rts This sequence completes the little program by adding the value $2d to the value already in accumulator A, then using the RTS instruction to return to the PCBUG11 monitor. The ESC key ends the assembly session and returns to PCBUG11’s command prompt. To execute the program, enter the commands: call b600 rd The CALL command starts the program by executing it as if it were a subroutine. The RD command forces pcbug11 to display the contents of its pseudo-registers, so you can see the changes your program caused in the 68hc11’s registers.

Note, however, that the servo connectors do not have any keying built into them, so you could hook them up backwards. Remember that the ground (black) lead is always connected to pin 1, which is on the left end of the KK header in both cases. A/D 1 A/D 2 A/D 3 Now install four 4-pin KK male headers (Molex part number 22-23-2041) on the 68hc11 computer board. Pin 1 of the first connector should lie at H16; pin 1 of the remaining connectors should lie at H19, H22, and H25. Pin 4 of these headers should lie at K16, K19, K22, and K25.

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