# Questions tagged [kinematics]

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

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### Task Space Control Parameters for 6-Dof Manipulator

I'm developing a Task Space controller based on speed for a Universal Robot 5. I've already calculated the Jacobian, position and rotation error for the classic control method: The method works fine ...
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### Kinematics with Product-of-Exponentials terminology: not forward, not inverse

I'm working on a kinematic estimation algorithm, and am trying to come up with the right terminology. I'm using the Product-of-Exponentials formulation for kinematic chains (and ignoring position ...
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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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### How can Denavit-Hartenberg representation with only 4 variables describe rototranslations with 6 DOF?

I am wondering how the Denavit-Hartenberg representation is able to describe rototranslations with 6 DOF with only 4 parameters? Some context: Denavit-Hartenberg representations can be used to ...
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### Controllability of a car with a single trailer

I'm studying the kinematic model of a car with a single trailer. This picture shows the system: I started from the following statements: With these constraints, I got the Pfaffian form: And then ...
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### Finding correct RPY for approaching a known point on a plane

I have a robot with 6 DOF that I want to use to grab a hanging sheet at a specific point near its edge. The grip needs to be perpendicular to the edge and co-planar with the point of course. I have ...
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### How do I calculate the direction robot is facing, pose from velocity and yaw rate?

I have a simple car robot with four wheels moving relatively slowly (5~10 mph). The robot has a velocity magnitude and yaw rate sensor and the sensor samples about every 0.1 seconds. I want to map the ...
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### 3D Inverse Kinematics Jacobian Construction

I am following this article: Overview of Jacobian IK From the link, an example says: O is a pose vector which represents the initial orientation of every joint And following this, it gives an ...
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### How to determine the direction of X-Axis in Denavit Hartenberg process? [Sketch inside]

The rules of assigning axes for DH parameters are (as I know them): 1- Z: in the direction of the axis of rotation/translation of revolute/prismatic joints. 2- X: perpendicular to the previous Z axis ...
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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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### Add control and planning trajectory to double pendulum [closed]

How do I control a double pendulum to get the end effector link to go in the trajectory shaped in a perfect circle? I have the equation of the circle to go in but I don't know how to get the double ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Maximum value of norm of mass matrix M

How do I compute the maximum values for ||M(q)|| and ||M_dot(q)||, the induced 2-norms, where M(q) is the mass matrix from the standard dynamical model of a robotic manipulator. I have the numerical ...
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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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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 ...