Let's Make Robots!

How to build BeagleBoard based WiFi robot

Some time ago I have announced my remotely (over the Internet) controlled robot. However, there were not too much documentation and details. So with this post I would like to announce the availability of more detailed project documentation and make brief overview of some interesting aspects of the project. The whole available documentation could be found on the project Wiki.

Design of 3D printed enclosure

We are currently working on the new version of our BeagleBoard-xM based robot. The main reason for redesign was the lack of wheel encoders which prevent us from developing more sophisticated navigation algorithms. That is why we decide to use Dagu Rover tracked chassis. However, not all our electronic could be fit in to the chassis, hence the need for additional enclosure on top of it.

Robot position localization using Monte Carlo filter

I am taking Udacity's "Programming a robotic car" free online class and I think it is a great resource for all robot builders! Since the beginning I have seen a lot of question about the way to try algorithms we are learning with real robotic vehicles.

Real-time enough? About PWMs and shaky servos

We are currently working on the next incarnation of our software and hardware platform for vehicles controlled over the Internet. Among others, we decide to investigate the way to control our robot without micro-controllers. In fact, BeagleBoard has a lot of GPIOs available. In addition, three hardware PWM generators and I2C bus should be enough at least to control the tank with camera, compass, GPS, and sonar.

"Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" online course

Stanford univesity is going to make their "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" course online. I think this could be very interesting for many people building robots. The following is the cite copied from the original announcement here http://www.ai-class.com/:

Drive around, stream video back to the driver.
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We are working on the software and hardware infrastructure to control vehicles (car, tank, quad-copter, etc.) over the internet. This is complete opensource project … Read more