The MC1401A version 2.3 advanced multi-axis servomotor chipset features electronic gearing capability and can control up to four dc motors simultaneously. The user-specified gear ratio can range from 1 to 16,384 in negative and positive directions with a resolution of 32 bits. This feature gives users the flexibility to change the gear ratio on-the-fly. A "master" input axis drives the servoed "slave" axis after going through a programmable gear ratio. Two master/slave pairs can be created on the 4-axis chipset; axis 3 geared to axis 1, and axis 4 geared to axis 2.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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