Purpose: An image-processsing and SLAM research robotics platform
Creator: University of MN Distributed Robotics Lab
My Role: Created a driver so the standard Player robot control software may interface with the Microvision's hardware.
- Two servomotor-driven wheels
- Tail keeps robot upright, and allows control over body angle.
Controls: PC-104 stack with 1.8GHz Pentium processor and 1GB of RAM.
- Digital camera (640x480px)
- Wheel encoders
- Hokuyo URG-04LX laser scanner (240 degrees, 10Hz, 4.0m)
Mapping: To use laser scans to compute the shape of objects and their projection onto the ground, then navigate around them.
Centralized computation: Microvision's (relatively) powerful processor allows it to perform complex calculations for low-cost nearby robots.