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20 December 2015
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 from center). 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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