Servo - Continuous Servo Movement Panel

How To Add This Control To Your Project

Step #1) Load the most recent release of EZ-Builder
Step #2) Press the Project tab from the top menu bar of EZ-Builder
Step #3) Press Add Control from the button ribbon bar of EZ-Builder
Step #4) Choose the Servo category tab
Step #5) Press the Continuous Servo Movement Panel icon to add the control to your project




Description

This Movement Panel controls 2 continuous servos, which have continuous rotation.

Only one continuous servo panel type can be added to a project. Many controls use the continuous servo panel to control motion. Controls such as Radar Scanner, Camera Tracking and Scripting will control the Movement Panel.

You can select the speed of the servo with the drop down. Not all continuous servos support speed selection.

EZ-Builder allows multiple physical EZ-B Robot Controllers to be connected at once. The Movement Controls only operate on the first board (Board 0)

You may select the speed of the continuous servo by the drop down in the configuration menu.

A continuous rotation servo is great for moving your robot. We attach the wheels of the robot to the continuous rotation servos rather than using a DC motor.

Different than a Standard Servo, a continuous servo has its internals changed to allow continuous 360 degree rotation. Two parts are removed from a Standard Servo to create a continuous rotation servo.

  1. No Stopper: If you attempt to rotate a Standard Servo further than 180 degrees, the spindle will stop. That is due to a stopper built onto the gear within the servo. The continuous servo has that stopper removed.
  2. Potentiometer: The potentiometer in a Standard Servo records the position of the spindle. A potentiometer can only turn the rotation degrees of the spindle by the stopper. When this peice is removed, the circuit does not know the position of the potentiometer and therefore you remove the ability to specify positions.
Rather than using DC Motors for wheels, a continuous servo provides you with greater speed rotation accuracy.

Due to the variety of servo attachments, continuous servos make great movement motors for wheels and tractor treads.

View the Servo Tutorial for technical details of how servos work.


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