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

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3D Inverse Kinematics Jacobian

I am reading up on inverse kinematics and have a few questions I hope could be answered. This example is from a 3-revolute-joint, where $ E $ is the end effector and $ G $ is the goal position of the ...
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Finding Mass/Inertia Matrix of a robot

Hi I am trying to model my humanoid robot. The general EoM is $M(q)\ddot{q}+C(q,\dot{q})+G(q)=U$ I know $M(q)$ is Inertia matrix which depends on joint positions $\textbf{q}$. However, I am having ...
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Why is the endeffector of a delta-robot on the slant?

A delta-robot is a nice design for a robot, because it allows to separate the motor from the moving parts. As a result, large and heavy motors with 800 Watt can be used and at the same time the ...
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Derivative of a Jacobian matrix

I have an RRR planar robot: Its forward kinematics transform is: $$ {}^{0}T_3 = \\ \left[\begin{array}{cccc} \cos\!\left(\mathrm{\theta_1} + \mathrm{\theta_2} + \mathrm{\theta_3}\right) & - \sin\...
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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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Are underactuated robots easier to program?

The first examples for passive dynamics were introduced by Ted McGeer in the early 1990s. The main principle of so called underactuated robotics is, that not all joints in the system can be controlled ...
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underactuated robot problem

Lets say the robot has 4Dof and the operator gives (x,y,z,roll,pitch,yaw ) as control input( rank(J) < dim(task) ). Now the robot is overwhelmed and will probably show some jerky movement. But can ...
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How do I find the inverse kinematics of a 5-DOF manipulator having the following DH parameters?

alpha = [ -90, 0, 0, 90, 0] a = [ 0, 400, 200, 0, 0] d = [63.5, 0, 0, 90, 100] I am trying to calculate the joint angles but I am stuck ...
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Using pre multiply or post multipy for rotational matrix to get a new homogenous transformation matrix?

I am confused about how do I multiply the rotational matrix in this case. I know that both T1 and T2 needs to be multiplied by a rotational matrix but I don't know how to multiply the rotational ...
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State Space model for bouncing ball

In lecture 5.5 Bouncing ball, slide 26, Coursera's Control of Mobile Robot course, how are the state space equations formed in "Equations of motion in-between bounces"? Why is [0 -g] added? And how ...
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Vertically moving robot

I want to build a 4WD robot that can travel vertically by pushing against opposite rails. The wheels push against the rails and generate friction, the robot moves upwards as the wheels rotate. This is ...
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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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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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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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How to create Matlab Simulation for Kinematics of Differential Drive

I studied the forward and inverse Kinematics of the robot and got a clear understanding. I am in the progress of developing my matlab simulation for a two wheeled differential drive robot. The robot ...
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how to normalize PWM if the value exceeds the maximum speed limit

I have implemented inverse kinematics for nonholonomic mobile wheeled robots, and the RPM range of the motor that I used is -50 to 50, while for PWM is from 1300 to 1700. But in certain cases, the RPM ...
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How do I compute the translation and rotation velocities of a robot

I am stuck at computing the translation and rotation of a robot moving onto an ellipse given by: $$ p(t) =(m) + \cos(t)∗a + \sin(t)*b $$ where m = center of ellipse and the two axes a (horizontal) ...
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Can somebody explain how these forward kinematics matrix equations were formulaed?

Here's the link to the entire answer: Designing a 5 bar linkage robot: Plot Clock
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Significance of link length ratio in serial manipulator

I am formulating a problem to optimize link lengths of 3R serial manipulator shown below : I do not assume any explicit relationship between the link lengths, but in one of the papers (http://www....
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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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Why using screws instead of homogeneous transforms in kinematics and dynamics?

Can anyone give a justification for using screws (twists, wrenches) instead of the traditional approach (rotation matrices, homogeneous transforms)? Even if screws are more compact, the situation gets ...
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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 create push and pull mechanism using Servo [closed]

How do I create a push and pull mechanism using a standard hobby servo? Eg. SG-5010 Preferably without the need of 3D printing.
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Finding Joint speeds for each joint of a 6DOF arm (UR10) using the Inverse Jacobian

Background: I have access to a UR-10, 6DOF robotic arm through my school (I'm very new to robotics). I know the desired set of linear speeds that I want in the x,y, z-direction in terms of the end ...
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Creating linear end effector motion using joint speeds: Converting tool speed to joint speeds

Background Information: I'm new to robotics and my school currently has access to a 6DOF Universal Robot (UR-10). I'm programming it using its scripting language URscript and the arm has these two ...
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Motorised Stage for laser

The problem I want to be able to move the direction a laser is pointing. This means I need to have motorised rotation of the laser head in the x direction and in the y direction. I am unsure of the ...
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Algorithm for orientation (pan/tilt) towards a moving point

Main Question: note: The code in this question is pseudo-code, I'm using Python, but my pseudo-code is a mix of Python and C++. I have a camera on the top of my robot's "head" which has pan and tilt ...
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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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Help to get robot jacobian from system of implicit equations

I have system of two equations that describes position of robot end-effector ($X_C, Y_C, Z_C$), in accordance to prismatic joints position ($S_A, S_B$): $S^2_A - \sqrt3(S_A + S_B)X_C = S^2_B + (S_A - ...
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Orientation problem between Gripper and Object ??

I am working on a pick and place project using ROS & MoveIt!, I wrote my own pick and place functions which generate grasp poses according to the pose of the object and then automatically picks. (...
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Denavit-Hartenberg Exam Question

I am having a bit of trouble with the pictured question: I am able to do part a and b, however c is proving very difficult. My lecturer never really explained much beyond what is asked in a and b. ...
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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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Beginners guide to Inverse Kinematics for biped robots? [closed]

I'm building a LynxMotion Scout biped and believe that IK are the best way to develop an effective gait. I'm a mechanical design engineer - I currently have minimal skills / experience with ...
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Treatment of euler angles in quadcopter control

In most implementations of quadcopter control systems I've seen, each axis of the quadcopter is controlled independently. For example, to control the rate in the roll axis, the desired output is ...
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State space model

I want to design a LQR controller for my two wheeled mobile robot. While designing the controller, I need to find gain, K for the LQR which this required the state space model of wheeled mobile robot. ...
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Metrics for rigid body motions in SE(3)

As SE(3) does not have any bi-invariant metric, what are the available pseudo metrics for comparing two homogeneous matrices for rigid body motions ? In other words, how to compare two dual ...
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DH- Parameters of BCN3D Arm

Consider the following Arm: https://www.bcn3dtechnologies.com/en/bcn3d-moveo-the-future-of-learning/ I looked for the DH-Parameters of this arm and I found this: ...
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What is an “actuation state”

The paper A Feedforward Control Approach to the Local Navigation Problem for Autonomous Vehicles by Alonzo Kelly uses the term actuation space. Feedforward solves the historically significant ...
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Jacobian of kinematic IMU Model

I have the following problem: given two Input Vectors $x = \begin{pmatrix}x\\y\\z\\v_x\\v_y\\v_z\\q_1\\q_2\\q_3\\q_4\end{pmatrix}$, $u = \begin{pmatrix}a_x\\a_y\\a_z\\w_x\\w_y\\w_z\end{pmatrix}$ time $...
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What is difference between 2 wheels and 4 wheels and tracked differential mobile base kinematics?

In generally I know that no difference between 2WD and 4WD mobile base control kinematics equations. but is there really difference between two wheels differential mobile base and tracked/...
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calculating differential drive robot ICC position

I don't understand how to calculate the ICC position with the given coordinates. I somehow just have to use basic trigonometry but I just can't find a way to calculate the ICC position based on the ...
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State prediction of vehicle with Ackermann steering geometry using Kalman-Filter

I am trying to have a Kalman-Filter (or Extended-KF) give me positions for a small remotely controlled vehicle with an Ackermann steering geometry (moving on a plane surface). The control commands I ...
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Inverse Kinematics 5DOF - general approach - Wrong solution MATLAB

Can anyone name a good source for a general approach (cookbook-like) for the inverse kinematics regarding a 5-DOF? The paper by De Xu et al. is aiming for a general approach, but it doesn't work for ...
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From a linear force actuator that spans multiple links and joints to the equivalent motor torque

I am programming/using a rigid body joint-space dynamics solver for robots in which I want to implement linear force actuators between links with their equivalent torque sources that are 'spanned' by ...
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Understanding the Robot Jacobian

Although I have an understanding of what Jacobians are in general and how to calculate Jacobians, I fail to understand how the idea of Jacobian came for use in kinematics and why they are used for ...
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Quadrotor Dynamics: Calculating angular velocity of quadrotor

I am trying to simulate and implement the controller of the paper Geometric Tracking Control of a Quadrotor UAV on SE(3). To do this I need to first implement the dynamics of the quadrotor. According ...
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Urdf as a way to model dynamics?

Since urdf format serves the purpose of kinematic model but also extends for dynamical properties such as mass,moment of inertia and centre of masses, can it be considered a viable dynamical model of ...
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Inverse Kinematics problem formulation (optimization)

Note:Q is a diagonal posituve semi-definite matrix Why is the IK formulation like that? It looks like it's trying to find the optimum dq/dt that will minimize the magnitude dq/dt. How is that giving ...
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Inverse Kinematics of Parallel Manipulator (Delta Robot)

Let me start off by saying that I am currently going to university majoring in computer engineering. I love software/hardware and I especially love robotics and I want to apply my knowledge of ...