10 terms

Robotics

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Brick
The electronic component that controls the operation of the robot by following instructions contained in a stored program
Sensor
A device that detects some important physical quality or quantity about the surrounding environment, and conveys the information to the robot in electronic form
Firmware
The special program pre-loaded on the NXT that tells it how to run other programs
Touch Sensor
A sensor that detects physical contact (touch) and reports back whether its contact area is being pushed in or not
Algorithm
a detailed step by step plan for successfully doing a specific task, like following a dark line
Autonomous
capable of independent operation & (limited) decision-making, self-governing. A robot run by remote control is not autonomous -- neither is one with lead wires & touch sensors held by an operator.
Failure
is ok
Debug
following through the behavior and interactions of hardware and software to achieve a repeatable, desired, correct, verifiable result
Flowchart
a way of diagramming a programming sequence and decision branch
IR (Infrared)
a special kind of light (electromagnetic radiation) used to communicate without wires - think TV remote. Requires a transmitter (TV remote, IR tower) to send(transmit) a signal and a receiver (TV, robot) to receive a signal