When building your circuits, you will probably need a
few resistors, diodes, and capacitors. I recommend that
you use SMT size 0805 parts or bigger, and have a set of
tweezers with really sharp points. Oh, and you’ll want to
get some breakout boards to solder your parts to. There
are many to choose from (Figure 3); hobbyists like us
typically use boards called surfboards. Get the pun?
Well, that’s all I have time for this month. I have a line
on a couple of new products coming out from Hovis that
I’m sure you will be interested in. Also, new questions
coming in have me thinking about alternate ways to deal
with hobby servos and building walking robots, as well as
gyro use in general.
Anyway, if you have questions about robotics that
are vexing you, please drop me an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have robots that you
are particularly pleased with, send me some pictures and
I’ll share them with our readers. Have fun! SV
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