Embedded Robotics

Mobile Robot Design and Applications with Embedded Systems

  • Thomas Bräunl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Embedded Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 17-39
    3. Pages 41-50
    4. Pages 51-68
    5. Pages 69-82
  3. Mobile Robot Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Pages 97-111
    3. Pages 113-121
    4. Pages 123-130
    5. Pages 131-150
    6. Pages 151-159
    7. Pages 171-194
  4. Mobile Robot Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Pages 217-228
    3. Pages 229-241

About this book

Introduction

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t all started with a new robot lab course I had developed to accompany my robotics lectures. We already had three large, heavy, and expensive mobile robots for research projects, but nothing simple and safe, which we I could give to students to practice on for an introductory course. We selected a mobile robot kit based on an 8-bit controller, and used it for the first couple of years of this course. This gave students not only the enj- ment of working with real robots but, more importantly, hands-on experience with control systems, real-time systems, concurrency, fault tolerance, sensor and motor technology, etc. It was a very successful lab and was greatly enjoyed by the students. Typical tasks were, for example, driving straight, finding a light source, or following a leading vehicle. Since the robots were rather inexpensive, it was possible to furnish a whole lab with them and to c- duct multi-robot experiments as well. Simplicity, however, had its drawbacks. The robot mechanics were unre- able, the sensors were quite poor, and extendability and processing power were very limited. What we wanted to use was a similar robot at an advanced level.

Keywords

Actuator Control Embedded Systems Intelligent System Mobile Robot Navigation Sensor algorithms autonom communication image processing mechatronics programming robot robotics

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Bräunl
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer EngineeringThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-34319-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-34318-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-34319-6
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