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Raspberry Pi Robotics Essentials

By : Richard Grimmett
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Raspberry Pi Robotics Essentials

By: Richard Grimmett

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Raspberry Pi Robotics Essentials
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Communicating with the servo controller with a PC

Now that the hardware is connected, you can use some software provided by Polulu to control the servos. Let's do this using your personal computer. First, download the Polulu SW from, and install it based on the instructions on the website. Once it is installed, run the software, and you should see this screen:

First, you will need to change the configuration in Serial Settings, so select the Serial Settings tabs, and you should see this:

Make sure that USB Chained is selected; this will allow you to connect and control the motor controller over USB. Now, go back to the main screen by selecting the Status tab; now, you can actually turn on the 10 servos. The screen should look like this:

Now you can use the sliders to actually control the servos. Turn on servo 0. Make sure that servo 0 moves the lower-right ankle servo. You can also use this to center the servos. Set servo 1 so that the slider is in the middle. Now...