In the field of Robotics, we have different types of motors such as DC motors, Servo motors, stepper motors etc. Selection of motors depends on your application and there are various ways to operate them.
Some motors can be controlled directly by various methods such as connecting the power supply directly to them and make it work. But what if we want to control these motors using other controller devices such as Wireless systems, microcontroller, etc. we need something known as MOTOR DRIVERS
What is a Motor Driver?
Motor drivers acts as an interface between the motors and the control circuits. Motor require high amount of current whereas the controller circuit works on low current signals. So the function of motor drivers is to take a low-current control signal and then turn it into a higher-current signal that can drive a motor.
Different motor drivers for Remote Controlled Robots
To control the robot wirelessly through a remote controller we need to interface the motors with the wireless systems such as Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz Rf modules, etc.
Here is the detailed comparision between the suggested motor drivers which will help you to select the combination of motor and motor driver
The Fireblade series cannot be interfaced directly with the 2.4 GHz Remote controllers as the signals generated by the 2.4 GHz reciever is not recognized by the Fireblade if interfaced directly. For this we need a board known as Phoenix Board which converts these signals and acts as translator.
Whereas the Viper Board can be interfaced directly with both Microcontrollers as well as 2.4 GHz Remote controllers. Along with it, this board is also a speed controller board that means it allows you to control the speed of motors while the Fireblade series is a not having this feature.
Different motor drivers for Autonomous Robots
Autonomous robots are controlled basically by a Micro-controller. As mentioned above the Fireblade and Viper Motor drivers can be used to interface with Microcontrollers. Apart from these there are a few more low current motor drivers such as L293D , L298N
L298N board is a dual motor driver which can help you interface motors which draw upto 2 Ampere of current such as BO motors and Basic Gear motors.
For interfacing motors which draws HIGH current we can choose Fireblade series - Fireblade 10A and Fireblade 30A (Non Speed Controlled ) or Viper motor driver ( Speed Controller ) according to your application.
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