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RoboticSystems

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Robotics Systems

 

There are basically four primary systems in robots

 

Structure

This is the basic physical body of the robot. It can be as simple as a platform that everything is attached to. It can also be much more complex with exotic materials and high tech fastening systems.

 

 

Motion

How will the robot move? How will the parts of the robot move? Some kind of locomotion system will be used to move the robot around. Wheels, legs, tracks, vibration. Often the locomotion will be the result of a motor moving, but some robots are also propelled with steam, gas motors and other means.

 

Power

In order to create movement, you will need some kind of power system. Electricity is common. The robot will need a power source or supply. The power for motion can be supplied differently from the power for sensing and logic.

 

Sensing and Decision Making

The robot will need to sense and report on its environment. Switches and other sensors will help the robot and its user know what is going on. Gathering all of this sensory informaton together and interpreting it is the role of Decision making. These decisions can be in the form of computer programming, it can be based on the physical layout of the robot, which can encourage or limit actions, or it can be based on the electric circuit design which can also encourage or limit actions. Lights, data screens and other outputs can help provide feedback.

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