2022-02-13 (Su) RangerRogue Servo movement

I started looking at the distance sensors on my project and followed a tutorial on Arduino's website. The algorithm for sensing distance with HR-SC04 modules is straightforward. The example didn't include a timeout, so the program could lock up for approximately three minutes if I pointed at something beyond the sensor's capability. The IDE let me initialize a serial port, but the serial monitor wouldn't pick up anything. I've worked with controllers like this, and sometimes they have a proprietary terminal-like program, but they're finicky. I thought about attaching a display, but that would probably be overkill and exceed the controller's memory. The best bet I have for monitoring the distance sensors is the servos, which is the program's point.

Servos are also easy to control, but I confused myself with milliseconds and microseconds, which meant that I wasn't sending valid pulses. There is a library, but when I used that before, I couldn't get the full range of movement, so I opted to write a function that will also make teaching it more valuable. Once I used the correct values, I witnessed peculiar behavior as the servos struggled to behave, and the controller spontaneously locked up on me. I hypothesize that the onboard voltage regulator wasn't sized to supply motors. Whenever I run the servos fast, they draw so much current that the processor browns out and falls into its boot cycle. Until I can solve this power issue, this project is on hiatus.
Servo moving via program commands

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