CURI – 4 by George Katz

VW_Touareg_MY2011_02-01The CURI-4 platform was developed to investigate a layered behavioral control scheme for a mobile robot. CURI-4 is a small tethered robot equipped with a camera and a gripper for grasping objects. The tether carries data as well as power. The main robot components are 2 DC motors with gearboxes for the drive mechanism, 4 RC type servo motors, a small CCD camera and custom electronics for the motor control. The drive configuration is a tripod with 2 individually powered wheels and a static caster skid. One servo controls the pitch of the camera, 2 servos are used in the gripper, and the fourth servo is used for a leg that allows the robot to tilt raising and lowering the gripper. The camera can be positioned so that it can image it’s own gripper in order to see what it is picking up. Continue reading

The Micromouse Contest

The micromouse competition is to build a small mobile robot that can solve a standardised maze. The competition has been running for over 25 years and is popular in the UK, USA, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere. This “maze solving” contest was designed to challenge graduate electronic engineers. Continue reading

SmartROB-2

SmartRob2sThe SmartROB is used by Prof. Siegwart and Dr. Buhler at the ETH Zurich for the course “Smart Mechatronic Product Design”. It gives the users a versatile, high-level mobile robot kit suitable for a wide variety of tasks. The SmartROB-2 contains all features necessary to drive several DC servo- or stepper motors up to 100 W per channel in addition to a number of uncommitted analogue and digital inputs and outputs. Continue reading

Pygmalion: A New Mobile Robot

Design Principles

imagesComputers stay normally where they are. Man-machine interactions depend thus only on the part of the human being. On the other hand, autonomous mobile robots have a radically expanded work space, shared with that one of human beings. It enables them to initiate an interaction by themselves. This gives rise to a new kind of man-machine interactions under circumstances which would not have happened otherwise, for instance with people without technical experience. It is therefore desirable to design mobile robots in a deliberative way, keeping their appearance friendly, decent and not dangerous.  Continue reading