I wanted to update you on the status of our ongoing Stingray improvement plans. The first thing we wanted to do was get more motor options (still waiting on samples
) as well as some wheel encoders. I have been working with Matt Gilliland to bring to you an encoder that will work with more than one product, but mainly to bring encoders to the Stingray Robot Kit. I am happy to say that I was recently sent the following items from Matt G. which represent the first prototype wheel encoders that will be compatible with the Stingray.
Each unit consists of a press-fit plastic encoder disc, encoder PCB with quadrature sensor and laser-cut mounting blocks to adapt these to the holes near the motors on the Stingray. Now these are hand-built, hand-assembled units, so not necessarily what the finished product will look like, but I will spend some time this week testing these and Matt has been testing them in other systems.
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Matt said he will provide detailed documentation explaining how to use these with the Stingray and I will be providing some code in the near future.