Robotics Tutorials

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

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....

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...

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...

PIC 16F877A Tutorial

Here is an interesting and informative PIC tutorial provided by Lukas Hoffmann from Emory University, Neuroscience.  He is a member of the Robotics and Automation Society at the University of Pittsburg (

The tutorial gives an introduction to the PIC16F877A microcontroller, how to hook it up and make it work.  There are also example programs you...

pro's and con's of range sensors

by Jef Mangelschots

During the February 2010 RSSC meeting, a small discussion on the pro's and con's of range sensors, particularly IR and ultrasonic, was held. This article gives a short overview of that discussion: