Man vs. Machine
STEER WINNING ROBOTS
Perform proportional speed, direction, and steering with only two Radio/Control channels for vehicles using two
separate brush-type electric motors mounted right and left
with our mixing RDFR dual speed control. Used in many
successful competitive robots. Single joystick operation: up
goes straight ahead, down is reverse. Pure right or left twirls
vehicle as motors turn opposite directions. In between stick
positions completely proportional. Plugs in like a servo to
your Futaba, JR, Hitec, or similar radio. Compatible with gyro
steering stabilization. Various volt and amp sizes available.
The RDFR47E 55V 75A per motor unit pictured above.
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I’ve talked about some widely diverse types of robots.
All of these types have superior capabilities but also inferior
capabilities as compared to humans. The ‘superior’ IBM
computers mentioned at the beginning really don’t have
even a small percentage of the capability of a human brain,
despite trouncing their human competitors in games. The
rest of the robots that I covered were really teleoperated
with the true intelligence supplied by a human.
Does this mean that we will always be superior to robots?
No, not really. IBM and other companies, as well as universities,
are developing robots that are rapidly developing very humanlike capabilities. The day will come when we might have to
admit that human-produced robots have
finally exceeded their
Not in my lifetime,
though. I welcome
your feedback, as
Tom Carroll can be reached at TWCarroll@aol.com.
FIGURE 9. daVinci