# Questions tagged [kinematics]

Kinematics is the branch of mechanics dealing with the motion of points and objects.

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### How can the inverse kinematics problem be solved?

The forward kinematics of a robot arm can be solved easily. We can represent each joint using Denavit–Hartenberg transformation matrices. For example, if the $i^{th}$ joint is a linear actuator, it ...
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### Computing the Jacobian matrix for Inverse Kinematics

When computing the Jacobian matrix for solving an Inverse Kinematic analytically,I read from many places that I could use this formula to create each of the columns of a joint in the Jacobian matrix: ...
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### Calculate position of differential drive robot

How do you calculate or update the position of a differential drive robot with incremental sensors? There is one incremental sensor attatched to each of the two differential wheels. Both sensors ...
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### Differences between Ackermann steering and standard bi/tricycles concerning kinematics?

I got the following homework question: What are the general differences between robots with Ackermann steering and standard bicycles or tricycles concerning the kinematics? But, I don't see what ...
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### Smooth servo movement for a crawling robot

I made a small crawler robot a little while ago that had two legs with two degrees of freedom each, so 4 RC servos total. While I was programming the movement of the legs I noticed that they moved ...
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### With a 6-axis robot, given end-effector position and range of orientations, how to find optimal joint values

Given a six-axis articulated robot arm holding a tool at its end-effector, if I have a desired tool position and tool orientation, there will be exactly 1 solution to the inverse kinematics equation ...
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### How do I convert link parameters and angles (in kinematics) into transformation matrices in programming logic?

I'm doing robotics research as an undergraduate, and I understand the conceptual math for the most part; however, when it comes to actually implementing code to calculate the forward kinematics for my ...
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### Forward Kinematics/D-H parameters for perpendicular joint axes

I am trying to compute forward kinematics of the Kuka youBot using DH convention: http://www.youbot-store.com/youbot-developers/software/simulation/kuka-youbot-kinematics-dynamics-and-3d-model The ...
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### How to calculate the right and left speed for a tank-like rover?

I am trying to control the Rover 5 robot using an Android app with a touch-based joystick control in the app UI. I want to calculate the speed of the left and right motors in the rover when joystick ...
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### What are the advantages of using the Denavit-Hartenberg representation?

When one wants to model a kinematic chain and in particular define the frames attached to each body, it is common to use the Denavit-Hartenberg parameters. What are the advantages of this ...
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### How do you calculate the moment of inertia of a Quadcopter?

I'm building a quadcopter for my final year project. I have a set of equations describing attitude and altitude but they involve $I_{xx}$, $I_{yy}$ and $I_{zz}$. None of the papers I have read ...
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### Is there a tool for building and analysing robots (kinematics, control) visually?

I am reading research papers about robotics and many of them follow the same pattern: some construction is established kinematical formulas are read from the mechanical structure the state space is ...
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### Position Control vs Velocity Control vs Torque Control

Please can somebody explain to me the difference between Position Control, Velocity Control, and Torque Control? Specifically, I am thinking in terms of a robot arm. I understand that position control ...
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### Is configuration space same as joint space?

For robotic manipulator like the one on the picture: are the configuration space and joint space equivalent? I am trying to understand difference between the two...
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### Holonomics Movement vs Holonomics Constraint

I'm reading Mechanics of Robotic Manipulation by Matthew T Mason and I stumbled upon the concept of kinematic constraints. The book mentioned about two types of constraints: holonomic and nonholonomic ...
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### Why do we generally prefer DH parameters over other kinematic representations of robot arms?

I am specifically interested in DH parameters versus other representations in terms of kinematic calibration. The best (clearest) source of information I could find on kinematic calibration is in the ...
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### Drone targeting

Imagine a "drone" and a target point on a 2d plane. Assuming the target is stationary, there are eight parameters: ...
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### Can a Jacobian be used to determine required joint angles for end effector velocity/position?

I'm in the early stages of working with a simple robot arm, and learning about the Jacobian and inverse kinematics. From my understanding, the Jacobian can be used to determine the linear and angular ...
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### Hand Eye Calibration Solver [closed]

I have a rig for which I have a pretty good estimate of the static transformation between the camera and a joint based off of the CAD. It has some errors though and I was hoping to fix it by doing a ...
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### Wrong forward-kinematic after calculating from DH-parameters

I'm working on an exercise about DH-parameters for my robotics course in university and I ran into a problem, because my solution is different from the one given by my professor. I calculated the DH-...
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### Solving Inverse Kinematics with Gradient Descent

I am trying to implement my own inverse kinematics solver for a robot arm. My solution is a standard iterative one, where at each step, I compute the Jacobian and the pseudo-inverse Jacobian, then ...
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### 2DOF arm with quick movement: Stepper, servo, or DC motor?

To make a two degree of freedom arm capable of speeds needed to play air hockey, how should the arm be controlled? I'm wondering about speed vs accuracy. The following image is from a project ...
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### How to convert between classic and modified DH parameters?

I currently have a description of my 22 joint robot in "classic" DH parameters. However, I would like the "modified" parameters. Is this conversion as simple as shifting the $a$ and $alpha$ columns ...
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### following a trajectory with LQR controller

We want our wheeled robot to follow a (rather short) trajectory. We wrote an LQR controller, which works well in simulation. However, our robot offers two problems: 1.) The reported state information ...
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### One of the best ways to numerically integrate the velocity?

I need to get position $x$ from integrating velocity $v$. One could use 1st order Euler integration as $x_{t+1} = x_t + \delta * v_t.$ However, doing so leads to errors proportional to sampling time ...
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### Assigning Frames and Deriving Link Parameters

The textbook I'm using doesn't have the answers to the practice questions, so I'm not sure how I'm doing. Are the following DH parameters correct given the frames I assigned? The original question is ...
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### Numpy alternatives for linear algebra and kinematics in python?

Are there any decent python numerical package libraries besides numpy for python? Numpy relies on gfortan which itself must be compiled correctly for your platform to avoid hidden/insidious numerical ...
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### Forward and Revers Kinematics For Modified Hanging Plotter

I'm building a modified version of the standard hanging plotter (v-plotter). The basic idea is that you have two cables hanging from stepper motors which form a triangle supporting the pen at the tip. ...
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### What is the best SE3 library for python?

I am currently googling on this topic but I would like to hear your opinion. What is the best self-contained SE3 library that offers interconversion between quaternion, rotation vector, ...
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### Confusion in fixing DH frames

I am analyzing a concept of a surgical robot with 4 revolute joints and one sliding joint. I am not able to fix the coordinate frame for last prismatic joint. Following are the schematics of robot and ...
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### How much accuracy could I get position tracking with a 3-axis accelerometer and gyro sensor, and compass, and how would I do it?

Given a 12' x 12' field (4m x 4m), a reasonably cheap 3-axis gyro sensor and accelerometer, and compass, I plan to design a device capable of tracking its position to sub-centimeter accuracy for a ...
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### Computing the Jacobian Matrix — chain rule?

I am learning about robot kinematics and the Jacobian matrix, and I'm trying to understand how to compute the Jacobian matrix given a kinematic chain, such as a robot arm. I understand the theory ...
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### Struggling to understand Jacobian Inverse Kinematics

I'm trying to find a method to control a moveo 5dof arm. My goal is to calculate the right angle to turn for each stepper motor to reach a desired point in real environment. I've spent time looking at ...
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### Difference between an underactuated system, and a nonholonomic system

What's the difference between an underactuated system, and a nonholonomic system? I have read that "the car is a good example of a nonholonomic vehicle: it has only two controls, but its configuration ...
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### Jacobian-based trajectory following

I would like to control my 7 DOF robot arm to move along a Cartesian trajectory in the world frame. I can do this just fine for translation, but I am struggling on how to implement something similar ...
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### Adjusting the PWM frequency and duty cycle to achieve the desired angular velocity in differential drive robots

I am practicing C++ and intro to robotics using a simple differential drive robot and a raspberry pi. Also following along the GA Tech course on control of mobile robotics. The implementation I am ...
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### Velocity Relation for Parallel Robots

In my course of "Advanced Robotics" with "Fundamental of Robotic Mechanical Systems" as the reference book I saw the following equation as the velocity relation for parallel manipulators such as the ...
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### Velocity Model Motion in Matlab (Probabilistic Robotics)

I want to implement the velocity motion model in Matlab. According to Probabilistic Robotics page 124, the model is as following \begin{align*} \hat{v} &= v + sample(\alpha_{1} v^{2} + \...
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### How to make one robot follow the other in parallel formation

This is quite a basic question. I'm practising robot programming with VRep. I have 2 K3 robots in the scene. One robot follows a predefined path. I want the second robot to move "in parallel" with the ...
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### Defining frames for 5DOF robotics arm

For examples if i have this robotic arm: Example, for the base rotation (5th DOF in the clip at 0:58), we know that the Z axis for that joint will be the same as the Z axis for the base frame{0}, but ...
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### Any free or paid software for graphical drawing of Robotics Kinematic Scheme? [closed]

I have been searching for days looking for a dedicated software for easily draw kinematic diagrams of robotics like this: I came by this software but it is a bit hard to grasp. Is there any GUI based ...
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### How rotate a point around an arbitrary line in 3D?

I have a body with origin at point A which is represented in homogeneous coordinate of matrix 4x4 and I would like to rotate it around an arbitrary vector in 3D space. I understand how to rotate the ...