Basic Triagulation Positioning System
3 Friends and I are building an autonomous tennis ball collecting robot for a 4th year design project for our undergrad.
We need a way for the robot to keep track of its position on the tennis court (in doors) and we are thinking of using 2 beacons to emit signals with a receiver on the robot. Has anybody done something like this before? Has anyone heard of pre-packaged solutions that do just this? A USB module would be ideal (we are using a netbook to control the robot), but we are not at all opposed to building the positioning system from scratch.
We've read a bit about robot triangulation systems that rely on IR and Sonar, any idea what the better option would be?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much!