Published on April 23, 2014
This smart little creature roams the table on a central wheel that is connected to a dc motor. Little plastic arms activate three roller switches on the side as they bump into cups and bowls, causing the robot to turn and try elsewhere. This happens because there is an inverter in between the first dc motor and a second dc motor positioned on the edge.
Let’s assemble the circuit first: power + wire + roller switch + wire + roller switch + wire + roller switch + wire + dc motor + inverter + wire + dc motor.
How it works:
The circuit is pretty simple yet still interesting. Three roller switches are in series and are all set to open mode. This means that the circuit is open (the signal is transmitting) when the roller switches are NOT pressed and the first dc motor will be turning. When one of the roller switched is pressed, the first dc motor will stop turning. However, there is an inverter between the first dc motor and second dc motor. This means that the two motors will behave opposite of one another. To recap, when no roller switch activated (pressed down), the first dc motor is rolling and the second one doesn’t move. When any roller switch is pressed, the first dc motor holds its position and the second dc motor runs.