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Greater than 360 Servo (not continuous)


There was a question in the Shout Box earlier from noise0. He wants to turn a turret with srf08 sensor and be able to rotate at least 360 degrees. But it does not have to be continuous. He can go from 0 to 360 and then reverse direction back to 360.

There were a lot of ideas including a super modified servo (http://www.01mech.com/supermodified), stepper motor, or motor encoders.

Basic Triagulation Positioning System

3 Friends and I are building an autonomous tennis ball collecting robot for a 4th year design project for our undergrad.

We need a way for the robot to keep track of its position on the tennis court (in doors) and we are thinking of using 2 beacons to emit signals with a receiver on the robot. Has anybody done something like this before? Has anyone heard of pre-packaged solutions that do just this? A USB module would be ideal (we are using a netbook to control the robot), but we are not at all opposed to building the positioning system from scratch. 

This little fellow detects magnetic flux and is dead simple to connect up, just 5V in and an analog output. Can be bought at most places selling electronic … Read more

High Frequency beacon

Hi guys

I'm working on a lawn mower. I'd like it to precisely know its position in order  to optimise its travel.  As it is working outside and on a more than 500 square meters, the IR beacon (needs to remain in sight) , the GPS(not sufficient precision) won't fi my needs. Any idea like HF beacon ?