If you examine the range of motorised toys, robots and educational kits from various retailers, after a few moments it becomes obvious that modifying them for your own control methods would be much more fun than their original purpose. Especially the robotic arm kits available from electronics retailers and other sources abroad. To do so isn't that difficult at all thanks to a detailed tutorial by UK enthusiast "Lucky Larry" who has documented how to control DC motors (basic motors, not stepper motors) using a simple H-bridge ICs such as the SN754410 or L293.
Armed (!) with this knowledge you can better control those toys, cards and other inexpensive robot items. To get started visit Larry's interesting website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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