A robot kit to control the Net

NRL for “Networked IPIL Robot” is the name of the new robotics platform for both flexible and controllable via the Internet developed by engineers from the Indonesian Institute of Science.

First characteristic of the system: the supervision is done by TCP / IP. While so far most networked robots were supervised remotely by radio, the user of NRL no longer need to install dedicated software on the terminal from which the robot control or use an interface for monitoring complicated. The central unit of the robotic system including a web server, simply connect to an address dedicated to giving orders and check the data it has collected and sent by Second Wi-Fi feature of the system: its extreme flexibility, both software and hardware.

Acquisition and data analysis
It will be easily configured to perform any number of tasks, from telemedicine to the observation of volcanoes. The operation of NRL based on two almost independent units: a central unit and another for DAPS entitled “Data Acquisition and Processing Systems.” Each unit includes both hardware and software. In the first case, it is the main backbone of the system. It supports functions such as operating system and data storage, network access etc. As for the DAPS, it may be adjusted at will according to the uses we want to make the robot. The equipment that is customized for the acquisition of data, ie primarily the type of sensor which we want to equip the system: temperature, humidity etc.. The software modules will be enshrined for their part in data analysis. They should therefore be adapted to the type of sensors used.

Open source project
Such a device allows the user to replace a set of sensors and software associated with them according to their needs. This, while retaining the same CPU. In contrast, one can also imagine that the latter is replaced by another unit that is more appropriate to a site by its geographical size, type of engine etc. But this time keeping the same set of acquisition and data analysis. The system is more flexible than its architecture has been designed as open source. The aim is to encourage engineers and developers to develop kits DAPS they want. To optimize their system, researchers are working on finally taken over by software functions traditionally assigned to hardware. By reducing the place of proprietary hardware in the system, it is still to maximize compatibility. While reducing production costs.