The Meccanisms MotorVator™ is an electronic controller that can be used to drive a wide range of devices to bring your Meccano model to life. The MotorVator controls Motors, Servo Motors and Relays, and uses input from a wide range of sensors including switches, proximity, rotation, angle and temperature.
The Meccanisms MotorVator
The MotorVator operates in two modes. With the optional Director handheld control console, the MotorVator translates your inputs on the Director's joysticks and buttons into control signals for the Motors, Servo Motors and Relay Outputs. A range of pre-programmed modes allow you to choose the best match up of input movements to devices, so that you get real-life realism in the control of your model. For example, a block setter crane could employ four motors and match these to the four axes of the two joysticks: Left Joystick Up/Down = luff, Left Joystick Left/Right = base travel, Right Joystick Up/Down = hook, Right Joystick Left/Right = Slew. Add on a relay- or Servo Motor-driven grab or electromagnet activated by one of the buttons and you have the same operating conditions as a modern prototype crane.
The second, and more powerful mode of operation uses the programming capability of the MotorVator. Through the MotorVate programming language, the MotorVator can use any of the inputs to create an 'intelligent' sequence of controls.
For example, a four axis robot arm might be programmed to repeat the steps required to 'solve' the Tower of Hanoi disk puzzle. Each Disk movement becomes a sequence of "Rotate base to left pile", "lower arm to Disk #", "Close grab", "Raise arm above piles", "Rotate base to new pile", "lower arm", "open Grab" etc. The logic to perform each of these tasks is then built up using the commands that match your model.
So "Lower Arm by Fifteen Degrees" might be written as...
You quickly build up "Routines" like this that can be re-used in your program.
The instruction set of the MotorVate programming language is very powerful. Each instruction above takes a maximum of seven bytes of storage, so you can fit a very complex program into the 24kb of program storage available.
You write your program of instructions on a Windows™ PC, then download the program to the MotorVator. Once downloaded, the MotorVator runs the program itself, so you can leave the PC at home and still have your program running at a meeting or exhibition.
The Director hand-held
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