Basic Mechanics— Describes basic mechanics, friction, and the simple machines that comprise the building blocks of more complex machines, like robots.
Sensor Design - Without sensors, a robot is just a machine. Robots need sensors to deduce what is happening in their world and to be able to react to changing situations. This chapter introduces a variety of robotic sensors and explains their electrical use and practical application.
Robot Control - The most common kind of robot failure is not mechanical or electronic failure but rather failure of the software that controls the robot. For example, if a robot were to run into a wall, and its front touch sensor did not trigger, the robot would become stuck (unless the robot is a tank), trying to drive through the wall. This robot is not physically stuck, but it is "mentally stuck"
When you build a robot, you are dealing with Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Technologies with the Interfacing.
The improvement in the Wireless Communication, Low Power Hi-Speed Semiconductors coupled with compact gigabytes of Flash/HDD may help build a Creative Robot with a smart brain.
"I present, below, a collection of projects I have worked-on over the past few years. For over a decade, I had taught both embedded systems (microcontroller technology) and digital signal processing and practice what I preach...."
Nixie Thermostat - A heating and cooling thermostat employing technologies spanning fourty years from the unique Nixie tube display, circa 1960's, to a PIC 18F microcontroller, circa 2006.
A High-Powered Power Backup Inverter - The working prototype of the 2 KVA inverter is complete. Fed from an array of lead-acid cells totalling 600 Ah (at 12 Volts), it easily drives real-world loads such as single-phase motors. The inverter has been tested and found to operate at an efficiency of between 71% and 82% driving a variety of both inductive and resistive loads
"My name is Udo and I am living in the small village called Spenge, about 15 km north of Bielefeld. The DARC radio club is 'OV Widukind - N59' and the locator is JO42FD. I spend a part of my freetime with designing circuits and home-brewing electronic devices..."
"The electronics industry uses several methods for labelling front panels and enclosures, including screen printing, press forming, erosion, lasers etc.. The common factor of these techniques is that they are generally beyond the home constructor. Having these parts specially made commercially can be very expensive, and the only alternative is standardized scales and fonts."
“One test result is worth a thousand expert opinions”. This has been
attributed to a range of people, but most authoritatively to Wernher von
Braun, the rocket scientist.
A 40 dB RF Attenuator -
"To measure power of a high power transmitter, or to be able to observe the output signal on an oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer, it is necessary that the signal is attenuated in accordance with the instrument, while it must be ensured that the transmitter is "seeing" the correct impedance. So it requires an attenuator that works with three ports (input, output, and output attenuated), all while maintaining the correct impedance of 50 ohms.
The circuit assembly and is shown here in EMRFD and also in the QST. When properly calibrated can be used for precision measurements in section 0-500 MHz, or a a calibration capacitor C1, can be used for the range of 0-50 MHz with reliability."
The following is my Computer Science project Comp490 and Comp492 in progress. It is a SUMO robot for our local RoboWar tournament. I have been, for the pass two years a participant of the annual RoboWar competition. So, this year I've decided to try to get credit for doing it.
"I was fortunate enough to find a professor who was willing to supervise my project Dr.Ferhat Khendek. I have decided to do the documentation in HTML format and make it public to anyone who is interested in robotics."
There are two class of robots, remote controlled and autonomous. Remote controlled are operated by a human participant via RF link. Autonomous on the other hand has to be self contained with no human influence in its operations with the exception to its programming.