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Actobotics Servo Controller
The Actobotics® Servo Controller is a compact two- channel servo controller that is extremely simple to use,
while providing some very unique features. Connecting
servos can be done in one of two ways: 1. NEARBY (via
Direct Connect). The servos can simply plug into the row of
pins on the top of the board just as they would on a
receiver or regular servo controller. This option is commonly
used when the servos are located near the controller and
there’s no need for lengthy wires. 2. LONG DISTANCE (via
CAT6). A CAT6 cable can be plugged into the CAT6 port
and run out to a CAT6 receiving board; the servos would
then plug into the row pins located on the board. This
setup is excellent for operating the servos from a long
distance, and provides a clean and inexpensive way to
extend the servo wires.
While the servo controller is ready to run right out of
the box, the PWM (pulse width modulation) signal range
can easily be changed in order to tailor the controller to a
specific application. The stock PWM
range is set to approximately 1,000-
2,000 µsec (somewhat standard
within the servo industry), which
will cause most servos to rotate 90
degrees total ( 45 degrees each way
To change the range of the
servo, the PWM range can be
reprogrammed with a single button
located on the circuit board. No
computer is needed.
The servo controller is capable
of handling 4.8V- 7.4V nominal voltage which can be
provided through the 2. 5 x 5. 5 mm power jack or into the
row pins on the top of the board. The contoured aluminum
box provides excellent protection for the board and fits well
in the user’s hands.
The tapped holes in the back of the box make
mounting it to Actobotics channel (or any other component
utilizing the standardized .770” hub pattern) simple. This
controller comes fully assembled, ready to plug in and put
to use. Price is $79.99.
4WD and 6WD Mantis
The Mantis™4WD and 6WD rovers also from ServoCity will take off-road robotics excursions to the next level.
The bug-like chassis offers extreme A-arm style suspension
and nearly 5” of independent wheel travel. With 313 RPM
ball-bearing precision planetary gearmotors, there’s plenty
of torque to turn the aggressive 5. 4” off-road tires.
The suspension incorporates 4. 62” aluminum beams
and 130 mm oil-filled aluminum bodied shocks. An 18”
long boxed channel chassis provides a rigid backbone with
endless mounting and customization options, making it
easy to bolt on Actobotics components and electronics
directly to the chassis of the rover.
Rubber grommets and end caps are included for
protecting the motor wires as they get routed to the motor
controller of choice.
The 2. 2” diameter black revolver wheels are driven
using 12 mm aluminum hex wheel adaptors to ensure a
solid, no slip connection. The 4WD version is priced at
$329.99; the 6WD version is $479.99.
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