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Showing posts with label Robotics-2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robotics-2. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots to Androids

Robotics is the Magnum Opus of Engineering, It combines Electronics, Mechanical, Computing and also the toughest science know to mankind.... Wireless Networking!

Ethernet Networking itself is complex, A self healing, hack proof and plug-play Wireless Router has to be the first step to make safe robots.

From Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots to Androids

Just imagine a Wireless Router or even a Internet Router as easy to tune as a FM radio, no entering numbers, no admin with browser. Just keep it in a room and all gadgets and computers form a fuzzy network, all by themselves. The very idea of technology is to make things simple, cost-effective and efficient.

The real need of robots now is to avoid Humans in Hazardous Environment. Right from Outer Space to working in a Plant with Toxic Chemical Gases, Even machinery and equipment that injures the limbs or damages the eyes.

Virtualization in Robotics -

If workers can wear a coat of sensors with force feedback actuators, they can control a semi-automatic robot in Real-Time. This enables a worker to navigate a robot into a hazardous environment, perform an upgrade or make repairs. An accident or mishap will damage the robot and it can be easily rebuilt or maintained.

The robot is automatic and will have reflexes defined by software. The wireless networking will connect the Robot mechanically to a human in a safe enclosure. This makes the Worker present virtually inside the Robot, because he is connected by optical, aural and mechanical-muscle feedback-sensors. This will create Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots for Industrial use and may help to finally develop Fuzzy Robots or Androids, which is still in the relm of science fiction.

Related Reading -

Festo Bionic Learning Network

Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo - "Molecubes - an attractive programmable robotics system Molecubes could play a significant role in technical training in the near future. These cubes, fitted with computer chips, can be successively attached to each other."

Festo Bionic Learning Network
  Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo
"Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry..."



Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature's intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).

These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.

Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Proto-PIC - Prototyping for Hobbyists

eShop and How-To Videos for anyone who has an interest in Microcontroller Programming & Development. Components and Kits for the Electronics Enthusiast.


Proto-PIC - Prototyping for Hobbyists
 
A site designed for electronics and prototyping hobbyists and enthusiasts. This site has grown and is now a useful knowledge base and online shop for anyone who has an interest in Microcontroller Programming & Development or for anyone who has a love of electronics.

Kits and Tools
 
The Orangutan SV-328 is based on Atmel's mega328 AVR microcontroller, which runs at 20 MHz and features 32 Kbytes of flash program memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, and 1024 bytes of EEPROM
Eight general-purpose I/O lines with up to eight analog input channels allow for adding sensors or expanding the system.

Orangutan SV-328 Robot Controller
 
DSO Nano v2 is a Digital Storage Oscilloscope designed for basic electronic engineering tasks. Within its smart shell, the device runs on ARM Cortex™-M3 32 bit platform, provides basic waveform monitoring with extensive functions.

Features
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Waveform storage and playback
  • 6 triggering mode
  • 1Mhz Analog Bandwidth
  • Complete measurement markers and signal characteristic
  • Built-in Signal Generator
DSO Nano V2 - Pocket-Sized Digital Oscilloscope

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Theta Electronic Engineering Services

Theta Electronic Engineering Services
 
"Theta Engineering was founded in 1993 to provide economical engineering services for companies needing to augment their technical resources. Theta Engineering provides a full range of electronic design and software/firmware development services aimed at getting your product to market."

Products developed by Theta Engineering

Robotic Cell Phone Programmer

Designed and programmed custom stepper motor driver boards for a robotic cellular phone programmer. This project involved inter-processor communication between 8 Microchip PIC-family microcontrollers supporting simultaneous motion of up to 7 axes.

Robotic Arm Test System Project
Designed and built 4 different automated test fixtures for Beckman Instruments (now Beckman Coulter). The unit pictured uses a combination of pneumatics and electronics for measuring the force and accuracy of a robotic arm which is itself a component in one of Beckman's medical lab instruments.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pololu - Electronic Modules for Robotics

Small electronics modules and simple mechanical components for for robot and motion control. Web Store provides parts like small gearboxes, breadboards, servos, and robot kits too.

Pololu - Electronic Modules for Robotics

The Orangutan SVP robot controller is a complete control solution for small and medium-sized robots running at 6 - 13.5 V. The module is designed around the powerful Atmel ATmega324PA AVR microcontroller (32 KB flash, 2 KB RAM, and 1 KB EEPROM) or ATmega1284P (128 KB flash, 16 KB RAM, and 4 KB EEPROM) running at 20 MHz .

Orangutan SVP Robot Controller

Orangutan SVP-1284 Robot Controller

The Orangutan SVP is also available as an SVP-324 partial kit or SVP-1284 partial kit that has all of the surface-mount parts pre-soldered and a variety of through-hole parts included separately.Mechanical Components include Motors, Gearboxes, RC Servos, Wheels, Tracks, Ball Casters etc.

Friday, May 21, 2010

OpenServo - Digital servo for Robotics

OpenServo is an open community-based project started by Mike Thompson. Low-cost digital servo for robotics being the goal. New code and hardware.

OpenServo - Digital servo for Robotics

OpenServo - Digital servo for Robotics

Independent H-Bridge allowing for braking, Temperature sensor, 400khz I2C/TWI interface. - New Features

Some features:
  • High precision positioning
  • Advanced curve based motion profile engine
  • Open source design and software
  • Back EMF speed sensing
  • High speed 20MHZ design  
OpenServo is a replacement for a standard servo's control electronics, giving you more control over the servo's functions.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Dr Dave - Mechatronics

Dr. David G. Alciatore and Michael B. Histand of the Colorado State University in Mechanical Engineering have books and info for Robotics and Mechatronic Students.

Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 4/e

Mechatronics and Measurement Systems

Video Demonstrations, Laboratory Exercises and MathCAD Examples make the Book practical and very useful.

Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 4/e

This book provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of the evolving field of mechatronics for mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering majors. The author presents a concise review of electrical circuits, solid-state devices, digital circuits, and motors- all of which are fundamental to understanding mechatronic systems.

This is a publication of McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

Kieth's Blog has many ideas on refurbishing and creating electronic gadgets, Mechanical and DIY Techniques.

LED Calculator with Rotary Quadrature Encoder for Target System Voltage Selection, Arduino, Robotics, PCB Layout Tips, Introduction to Circuits, LED Clock.

Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

Keith Neufeld - Electronics Blog

Transistor-Based Variable Current Drive for LED Calculator


"The idea is to expand on a simple LED tester by allowing the user to plug in an LED, dial in the LED brightness, and then read information on an LCD showing the LED voltage drop, the current current, and the value of current-limiting resistor to use in a target circuit. "