Using Servo Motors with the Arduino

Servo Motors with Arduino

Servo Motors are a staple for hobbyists in a variety of fields. Whether you’re building model planes and boats or working with robotics you are sure to come up with dozens of applications just perfect for a servo motor.

Come and explore the use of inexpensive analog servo motors. They are inexpensive and easy to use. When coupled with an Arduino you can build all sorts of projects that move.

And if you need LOTS of servo motors we have just the thing for you – the PCA9685 16 Channel PWM controller. Using this board you can control 16 servos with just two connections to your Arduino. And you can expand that to 992 servos if you really need a lot of motors!

Using LCD Displays with Arduino

Using LCD Displays with Arduino

Liquid Crystal Displays or LCDs are an excellent way to display characters and data in your Arduino projects. They are inexpensive and very easy to use.

In this article you’ll learn how to add LCD displays to your Arduino project, both hardwired and using the I2C bus connection. You will also learn to use a popular LCD Keypad Shield which as a 2-line LCD along with 6 push buttons.

Build a Robot Car with Speed Sensors

Robot Car With Speed Sensors

I’m sure you have seen those inexpensive robot car chassis kits, the ones that come with two 6-volt motors. They are great fun and very useful and they even come with a couple of speed encoder disks (those little black circles full of holes). Problem is, no one tells you how to use them!

Let’s resolve that and build a robot car with speed sensors. Along the way we’ll learn how to use Interrupts, a valuable programming technique.

Using the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor with Arduino

HC-SR04 Basic Hookup

The HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor is a staple in robotics projects. This inexpensive device is capable of measuring the distance between itself and the nearest solid object from 2 to 400 centimeters. Exactly what you need to keep your bots from driving into walls!

In this article we’ll look at this sensor in depth, including ways to make it even more accurate by compensating for temperature and humidity. There’s lots of Arduino code to be has as well, so dig in!