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The Original Taurus
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Mistakes Made in the Original (learn from my mistakes!)
Friction - Treads were bad. Friction aused way too much torque in the system. Bye-bye treads, hello large synchronous high traction wheels.
Chains, Gears - Bad. Very bad. The main reason for failure. I refuse to use them again. Ever. Its very difficult to get everything to mesh properly, and there is tons of efficiency loss.
Motors - They required motor drivers, and at the time of making this robot, motor drivers were hard to find and very expensive. An attempt to make my own resulted in an overheated H-bridge burning me. Then there was the issue of computer control which I never completed. Servos have built in gear boxes, and are easily controllable. I will use them.
Terrain - Taurus did not conform to terrain as expected (partially due to tread failure). T2 will have a dynamic terrain conforming system (rocker boggey). And it's a simple design as well.
Steering - Treads made turning nearly impossible due to friction. I decided to independently control each wheel for T2.
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