Member Since: February 1, 2012

Country: United States

  • Tutorial - Motors and Selecting the Right One | yesterday

    Thank you for excellent descriptions. Agree with member 544838 about ‘Ah Ha!’ concerning animations. :)

    Thought I’d throw in Homopolar motors for inclusion, This is a great science craft for kids! (just make sure everybody wears safety goggles)

  • News - Enginursday: The Hormes R… | about 5 days ago

    A robot is a device that performs a task w/o human oversight. That implies it may have input from sensors, but definitely has to have a control unit to drive actuators. Thus the lowly thermostat on your wall is a robot. An RC vehicle is not a robot unless it is programmable and able to drive itself. E.G.

    To be fair the title says ‘Robot platform’ thus implying some additions need to be made to be classified as a ‘robot’

  • News - April Caption Contest | about 2 weeks ago

    Stay in my hand if you want to live…

  • News - Your March Caption Contes… | about 2 months ago

    Congratulations on having made it past basic training. Now the real fun starts…

  • News - February Caption Contest | about 3 months ago

    Bob thinks - “SIZE does matter”

  • Product CAB-11304 | about 4 months ago

    Bill -

    Think of this as a plug in serial card for your desktop rather than a cable. Female screw connectors are standard for DTE/DCE. I use a number of different cables ( some with HW flow control, others w/o) thus would caution calling for a nonstandard fastener on the port. (BTW I’ve looked at half a dozen of these USB-RS232 adapters and all of them present as standard DTE)

    Hope this helps!

  • News - December Caption Contest | about 4 months ago

    Probably as good as the pictured Legionary wielding a gladius. :)

  • News - December Caption Contest | about 5 months ago

    Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit!

  • News - October Caption Contest | about 6 months ago

    Relax … focus on the lights … when you awake you will know everything concerning the use of intelligent lighting to rule the world.

  • News - On Breaking Things | about 9 months ago

    Based on what [brennen] wrote it sounds like they do have testing/development environments. With regard to what you are saying it looks like some errors crept in during the development to production migration execution. I don’t know if that could have been caught by testing. E.G.

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away I wrote some error check code to test if a hard drive had enough space to install our product. These were the days of 10 - 20M hard drives on MS-DOS. Pre 1998 brennen :) and yes the module was tested under a variety of hardware configuration assumptions. Except a customer called in and said “hey your product won’t install because it says I don’t have enough free space!” I ask the obvious “how much do you have?” and he replies “700M”.

    Thus [Bob] I learned that the real world is always in motion and what looked like a good size for an integer today, may be totally inadequate tomorrow! The other moral is don’t assume you know what the other guy has/or is doing…

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