Making Sensor Networks Practical with Robots
While wireless sensor networks offer new capabilities, there are a number of issues that hinder their deployment in practice. We argue that robotics can solve or greatly reduce the impact of many of these issues. Our hypothesis has been tested in the context of an autonomous system to care for houseplants that we have deployed in our office environment. This paper describes what we believe is needed to make sensor networks practical, the role robots can play in accomplishing this, and the results we have obtained in developing our application.
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