Robotics Tutorials

This is a listing of robotics tutorials submitted by Robotics Society of Southern California members.

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Optical Rotation Encoder on an R/C Servo

By Art LeBouthillier

This article was published in the March 1999 issue of The Robot Builder.

Remote control model airplane servos have become popular as drive motors among roboticists because they provide a low-cost, easily-available gear motor with a built-in digital speed controller. When modified, they permit the rotational speed of their output shafts...

Optical distance sensor for robots

This article was first published in the May 1999 issue of The Robot Builder.

 by Jim Ubersetzig

Have you ever wanted to add sensors to your robot - but weren't sure how to do it ? In this article I will show you how to build a distance measuring sensor for your robot. The sensor could be used by the robot to avoid...

Navigation through doorways using omnivision

by Jef Mangelschots

This are the notes I took during Bruce Weimer's class on "Navigating through doorways using omnivision" at the November 2009 meeting.

Bruce started by pointing that there are 2 good sources for vision software out there: Roborealm and OpenCV....

MIT’s New 6.270 Robot Board

by Arthur Ed LeBouthillier

This article appeared in the May 1999 issue of The Robot Builder.

Massachusette’s Institute of Technology’s (MIT) engineering department has been famous for their annual robot competition. Developed out of a desire to challenge engineering students, the 6.270 class dares the students to go beyond mere book learning by doing rather than watching...

life before and after Kinect

by Jef Mangelschots

This is a report on Bruce Weimer's lecture for the December 2010 meeting. He originally intended to give a lecture on the evolution of navigating Leaf robots throughout the house. 

But last month, Microsoft released the Kinect module. Originally intended for the XBox game console, the Kinect module can also be purchased standalone. As it turns out, the Kinect can be used for...