In this section, we’ll look at a bunch of ways to control, adjust and adapt outputs from your microcontroller. Now, we’ll look at motors and actuators which convert electrical energy into movement or motion. You can also use pumps to inflate or deflate pressure vessels (balloons), using fans to blow air, creating heat or cooling stuff down, and lots more!
Actuators allow you to control a range of movement and motion based outputs. This section will cover controlling servos - a motor that can be positioned at a specific angle - and motors like solenoids and vibration motors.
Guide: Movement and Motors
- Tutorial: Using a Servo
Code Samples: Servo
- Guide: Transistors
- Guide: Diodes
- Tutorial: Working with Actuators
- Code Samples: Solenoid
- Code Samples: Vibration Motor
- Code Samples: DC Motor or Fan
Finally, this set of guides will cover a set of best practices, coding techniques and practice exercises to further explore controlling outputs.
- Tips and Tricks for Working with Actuators
Practice Exercise: Paper Signals