This Application Note details how to operate the RoboClaw in standard serial mode using a Raspberry Pi 3. In standard serial mode the RoboClaw accepts single byte commands that control the operation of both motor channels.
In this Application Note a Raspberry Pi is used to control a RoboClaw in packet serial mode. In packet serial mode the Raspberry Pi can send commands to the RoboClaw as well as read data from the it.
The Raspberry Pi is the most popular single board computer on the market and finds its way in to robotics projects the world over. The RoboClaw can easily be controlled from a Raspberry Pi but the serial port harware must be configured propely first. This App Note covers how to configure the serial sort before connecting it to a RoboClaw.
The RoboClaw’s standard serial control mode is an easy method for control with just about any microcontroller. In this Application Note an Arduino will be used to control two motors in standard serial mode.
The RoboClaw is a rather sophisticated motor controller with a wide range of features and functionality. This Application Note will be a broad overview of the board, its features and tips on its usage.