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Robotics: Origin and Latest Trends

Out of the shrouds of the myth of imagination, the Science of Robotics took its first faltering steps into the real world half a century back. Its infancy being over, the young discipline is now extending its arms towards diverse goals – to new applications, to new environments, to meet new demands of a new society – Still achieving, still pursuing” in its endless quest for PERFECTION. Robotics is a branch of applied science, the popular conception of which came not from science, but from drama, fiction and cinema. The word “robot” was first used in 1921 by Czech playwright…

Types of robots

There are many ways how you could possibly define different types of robots. As I have seen the possible divisions vary widely. The main reason of these differences is that different tutors often tend to have different views on what should be taught under “robotics”.   For example – some tutors that teach robotics usually focus mainly on industrial robotics, neglecting service robots completely. Therefore when talking about types of robots they usually talk about types of industrial robots. There is a strong reason for this though – the vast majority of robotics engineers will have to deal mostly with…

How to Use Timers in Atmel Microcontrollers

We use timers every day – the simplest one can be found on your wrist. A simple clock will time the seconds, minutes and hours elapsed in a given day – or in the case of a twelve hour clock, since the last half-day. AVR timers do a similar job, measuring a given time interval. An AVR timer in simplest term is a register. Timers generally have a resolution of 8 or 16 bits. So an 8 bit timer is 8 bits wide, and is capable of holding value within 0-255. But this register has a magical property – its…

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