Monday, January 21, 2013
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.
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
"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.
- Bionics - Replacing biological parts with artificial parts
- Berkeley Bionics - Lower extremity exoskeletons
- Bionics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects
- Bionics and Bio-Inspired Technology
- Project Bionics - The History of Artificial Organs
- DLR - Institut für Robotik und Mechatronik - Bionics
- IEEE Spectrum: Bionics
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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.
- Portable and lightweight
- Waveform storage and playback
- 6 triggering mode
- 1Mhz Analog Bandwidth
- Complete measurement markers and signal characteristic
- Built-in Signal Generator
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
"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
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-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
Independent H-Bridge allowing for braking, Temperature sensor, 400khz I2C/TWI interface. - New Features
- High precision positioning
- Advanced curve based motion profile engine
- Open source design and software
- Back EMF speed sensing
- High speed 20MHZ design
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Video Demonstrations, Laboratory Exercises and MathCAD Examples make the Book practical and very useful.
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.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
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
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. "