ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper TuP101.4

Lazewatsky, Daniel (Washington University in St. Louis), Smart, William (Washington University in St. Louis)

An Inexpensive Robot Platform for Teleoperation and Experimentation

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Personal and Service Robots" (TuP101), Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 14:25−14:40, Room 3B

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Education Robotics, Personal Robots, Teleoperation


Most commercially-available robots are either aimed at the research community, or are designed with a single purpose in mind. The extensive hobbyist community has tended to focus on the hardware and the low-level software aspects. We claim that there is a need for a low-cost, general-purpose robot, accessible to the hobbyist community, with sufficient computation and sensing to run "research-grade" software. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of such a robot. We explicitly outline our design goals, and show how a capable robot can be assembled from off-the-shelf parts, for a modest cost, by a single person with only a few tools. We also show how the robot can be used as a low-cost telepresence platform, giving the system a concrete purpose beyond being a low-cost development platform.



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