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A robot which is capable of moving from one place to another, usually of its own volition.

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Do “nano bots” (that can fit inside the human body) actually exist?

I was wondering, do we have real nano bots, like the ones in the movies? I think we have bots which can move through the blood vessels, am I right?
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What are the reasons for not having autonomous robots in our daily activities?

The fact is that the more I search the less I find autonomous (real) robots in use. The companion robots are all toys with limited useless functionality. Whenever there is a natural disaster you don’t ...
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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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Quadruped Learning Simulator

I'm currently building a robot with four legs (quadruped), 3 DOF (Degrees of Freedom) and Its been suggested here that I use a simulator to do the learning on a computer and then upload the algorithms ...
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Why are Mars rovers so slow?

Mars rovers are typically very slow. Curiosity, for example, has average speed of about 30 meters per hour. Why is it designed so slow? Is it because of some specific power restrictions or for other ...
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Lightweight, commercially available robotic arms [closed]

I was wondering what options are there in terms of lightweight (< 5 lbs) robotic arms. I see Robai Cyton Gamma 300, and CrustCrawler AX18 look like interesting options. What lightweight arms do ...
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Protecting electronics against voltage/current extremes and bad polarity

I have built a robot from a wheelchair that has worked very well thus far. It is now time for me to take the next step. I need to implement a permanent power circuit with proper protection. The ...
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What algorithm should I implement to program a room cleaning robot?

For this question assume that the following things are unknown: The size and shape of the room The location of the robot The presence of any obstacles Also assume that the following things are ...
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How to get two continuous tracks (tank treads) to move at the same rate?

I've got a couple Vex 269 Motors hooked up to an Arduino Duemilanove. These motors run a some Vex Tank Treads. The two motors are run as servos on the Arduino using the Servo Library. The problem I'm ...
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Why do Mars rovers designers prefer wheels over tracks?

Typically Mars rovers use wheels and not tracks. I guess Spirit would have better chances getting out of that soft soil should it have tracks. In general, Mars surface structure is not known in ...
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Wheels vs Continuous Tracks (Tank Treads)

I'm building a small robot using some cheap Vex Robotics tank treads. However, my choice of picking tank treads is almost purely based on the fact that they seem like more fun than wheels. I don't ...
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Collaborative Behavior: Implementing a Bucket Brigade With Robot Arms

I was wondering whether something like this is possible: A block of ice(say) needs to be transferred piece by piece from a source to a destination with the help of 5 robots standing in a straight line ...
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Is it possible to use Matlab “system” function to call ROS commands?

Is it possible to use the Matlab's system function to call ROS commands? For example, using ...
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Strategies for managing power on electrical systems for mobile robots

What are some good strategies to follow while designing power supply for electrical systems on mobile robots? Such robots typically comprise of systems with microprocessor, microcontroller, DSP, etc ...
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How can the dynamic effects of motor current on a digital compass be characterized and compensated for?

Digital compasses (magnetometers) require a hard/soft iron calibration in order to be accurate. This compensates for the magnetic disturbances caused by nearby metal objects -- the robot's chassis. (...
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Visual Odometry options? [closed]

What are the pros/cons of the different visual odometry options? Stereo Camera Optical Flow SLAM other? Criteria: how well it performs vs other odometry options/sensors (lidar, radar) sensor ...
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IPC-Bridge problem

Is anyone able to help me out getting IPC-bridge working on my ubuntu lucid installation (with matlab 2012a)? I'm not being able to finish the last step on here (Compiling the messages folders): https:...
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Correct way to use Subsumption Architecture with Robot C

I've been doing a lot of reading lately about Subsumption Architecture and there are a few different ways people seem to advocate. For instance some people use a global "flag" variable to have a ...
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Which type of actuator will be suitable for a very strong robot arm?

I wish to build a robotic arm that can lift a useful amount of weight (such as 3-6 kg on an arm that can extend to approx 1.25 meters). What actuators are available to accomplish this? The main ...
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Effectiveness of a Mobile Robot In Relation To Mass

Do mobile and/or autonomous robots become more or less effective the bigger they get? For example, a bigger robot has bigger batteries, and thus bigger motors, whereas a smaller robot has the exact ...
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Technology behind Kiva Systems mobile robots

What kind of sensors and algorithms are the mobile robots of Kiva Systems equipped with?
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Is it better to have weight distributed over the wheels or the center of the robot?

When designing a standard 4 or 6 wheel robot, is it better to have the weight distributed primarily in the center of the robot, or over the wheels, or is there no difference? Specifically, which ...
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How should emergency stops be wired?

Emergency stops are obviously a good idea on most robots, how should they be wired? What systems should be killed immediately, and what should stay working?
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What is a suitable model for two-wheeled robots?

What is a suitable model for two-wheeled robots? That is, what equations of motion describe the dynamics of a two-wheeled robot. Model of varying fidelity are welcome. This includes non-linear models,...
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Mechanical design for motorized spherical caster wheels

Design goal is to have a mobile robot that operates on 3 large casters, essentially 2 to 4 inch diameter steel ball bearings, that are motorized. No other mechanism would touch the surface. The robot ...
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Shape Memory Alloy wire for robot gripper arm actuation: How to vary grip pressure?

For a robotic gripper arm we are designing for factory floor use on very small components, we propose to use electrically activated Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wire harnesses for actuation. The device ...
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Calculating the efficiency of Mecanum wheels

I'm part of a FIRST Robotics team, and we're looking into using Mecanum wheels for our robot. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Mecanum wheel versus regular ones? From looking ...
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Mobile robot localization in a known map [closed]

I want to localize a mobile robot equipped with a 2D laser scanner in a known indoor environment. The map is a 2D occupancy grid, but is not perfect. What algorithms are appropriate for mobile robot ...

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