The Use of Low-Cost RC Servos in a Robotics Curriculum

Bradley E. Bishop, Jenelle Armstrong Piepmeier, George Piper, Kenneth A. Knowles, Kinleong Ho, and Bryan Hudock

Small hobby servo motors designed for remote controlled (RC) model cars and airplanes are commonly used actuators by robotic hobbyists. They also serve as actuation for a number of commercially available robotic kits. These inexpensive RC servo motors can serve as a useful low-cost alternative actuation method for student projects and laboratory investigations. This paper discusses two laboratory assignments and two independent student research projects that have used this type of actuation.

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