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Controllers

All robots have brains of some sort. These can run the gamut from workstation-level computers to analog electronic circuits designed to give the robot basic bug-brained instincts. Here’s a quick rundown of the types of controllers you’re likely to find on a robot:

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Many medium-to-large size robots often use the guts of a standard desktop computer for their controller. This is especially the case when weight is not a primary concern and computing power is. Robot programmers often grumble when they only have the limited memory space of an itty-bitty microcontroller to load programs into. A PC lets them stretch out a bit. Since PCs have been covered in...ah...a few other books, we won’t detail this type of robot control here.



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