While warming up for a lunchtime basketball game, engineer Howard Stone and applied mathematician Jeff Aristoff wondered whether you could model the shape of a jump rope. They gave it a spin. They considered the centrifugal force, tension, air drag, made a mini robot jump-roper, took high-speed video of a colleague jumping rope, and developed a detailed mathematical model that describes the shape of the rope in the air. If nothing else, it was a good exercise, they say.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.