Questions tagged [mobile-robot]

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

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Motor Choice given size constraint and load requirement

Good day everyone :) I am an undergraduate student working on a project involving the use of high torque small-sized DC motors for use in designing a person following trolley bag. Where in the ...
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Is modelling a robot and deriving its Equations of Motions more applicable to a system that is inherently unstable?

As someone who is new and is still learning about robotics, I hope you can help me out. Let's say I have two systems: (a) Inverted Pendulum (unstable system) (b) Pole Climbing Robot (stable system) ...
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What is the difference between Task-Level and Joint-Level Control Systems?

While doing a literature review of mobile robots in general and mobile hexapods in particular I came across a control system defined as "Task level open loop" and "Joint level closed loop" system. ...
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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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Weird magnetometer values

I bought a 3-axis magnetometer (Similar to this one ) And plugged into an Arduino in order to read the heading value. I mounted it on my robot and I drove with the robot for around 30 meters, turned ...
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image processing

I am making a Robot goalie, the robot is supposed to detect whether a ball has been thrown in its direction , sense the direction of the ball and then stop it from entering the goal post. A webcam ...
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Cheap and efficient 3D sensor?

I'm searching for a cheap (under 100$) and efficient 3D sensor, which detects obstacles and moving objects, for robot applications like quadrotor navigation, swarm robotics, etc. Can you suggest a ...
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Why is behavior-based robotics not as popular as deep learning or reinforcement learning?

I am a master student in Germany and one of our professors is doing robotics research but with a different paradigm - the behavior-based robotics based on Subsumption Architecture developed by prof. ...
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Iterative Closest Point for 2-D LIDAR Data

I have two 2-D point clouds obtained from LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) scans at two different poses (positions and orientations) inside a circular structure, where a small object (vertical ...
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Nuc, custom pc or raspberry pi?

For our Minor “Robotics and Vision” we need to use ROS to create a system that can navigate to and from a coffee machine. The available hardware consists of a robotic platform from "Dr Robot", and a ...
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How to measure pull force on a (kite) rope?

I'm building a kite flying robot, in which I've already got some sensors built in. I now also want to measure the pulling force on the rope which is attached to the kite. So I thought of attaching a ...
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How can we solve the problem of robot size in sensor based motion planning?

As you know in Bug algorithm there is a simplifying assumption that says the robot has no size and can fit between any arbitrarily small gap in the map. How can we overcome the challenge of robot size....
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How to combine odometry information with time-shifted information from imu

I'm working with a differential-drive robot that has odometry measurements from wheel shaft encoders and heading information from an imu (I'm using BNO055 in imu mode to get Euler angles, primarily ...
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Accounting for error in multiple electric motors

Our goal is to drive an autonomous robot with a differential locomotion system using two identical electric motors and an Arduino Uno (1 for each wheel). From our understanding, over time the motors ...
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Neuromorphic Engineering and Robotics

I have been into a boggling paper research on neuromorphic engineering and its implications on robotics applications, lately. It is relatively a less applied field and full of academic papers and ...
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Using vision for Monte-Carlo localization

From each step of my vision code I am able to get around 400 coordinates of where the robot thinks the walls are I want to integrate this into Monte-Carlo observation step. I'm storing the map of ...
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High power jumping mechanism in small robots

I recently saw this video on YouTube featuring a jumping robot: 5 Fastest Robots In The World I was curious how this is accomplished mechanically? Do they wind a strong spring or use some sort of air ...
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2D Transformations as Affine Matrices

I have found the following exercises about 2D Transformations as Affine Matrices. I am stuck at the second exercise that goes as follows: The 2D pose of a robot w.r.t. a global coordinate frame is ...
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Mobile robot speed synchronization for straight line moving

I would like to build a simple mobile robot with differential wheels, and I am currently design the wheel speed controller. After reading some papers, I noticed that to realize a straight line moving, ...
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Mobile robot algorithm implementation error

I am working in reproducing a robotics paper, first simulating it in MATLAB in order to implement it to a real robot afterwards. The robot's model is: $$\dot{x}=V(t)cos\theta $$ $$\dot{y}=V(t)sin\...
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Real-time object classification for an indoor autonomous quad-rotor

I am designing an indoor autonomous drone. I am currently writing an object classification program in OpenCV for this purpose. My objects of interests for classification are: ceiling fans; AC units; ...
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Understanding Drift in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)

I am trying to understand the effect of drift in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM). My understanding is that drift occurs because the robot tracks its position relative to a set of ...
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iRobot Create Serial Cable for Turtlebot I

I need an iRobot Create Serial Cable (one end 7-pin Mini-DIN Connector and the other end is USB) for Turtlebot I. How can I connect my bot to my PC?
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Autonomous car steering using IR sensors

I want to steer a RC car in a straight line.The car has 4 sharp IR sensors on each corner of the car to help it steer the corridor.The corridor is irregular and looks something similar to the picture ...
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Do mobile robots use variable transmissions?

I've built a simple robot that can move. I'm using brushless motors. I've realized that at slow speeds the motors pull a lot of current. I didn't understand the power / current / efficiency charts ...
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how to use ROS navigation stack with 4 wheeled robots

I have a 4 wheeled toy car, with 5 motors, one on each wheel and one is used for steering. How can I use ROS navigation stack with this robot since navigation stack is used with differential drive ...
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In SLAM loop closure, What does a sim3 matrix do?

I am confused between 3D rigid affine(with scale, without shear) transformation and Lie group's sim(3) matrix. 3D affine would be [sR|t; 0 1]. we rotate, scale and then translate a 3D point using ...
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GraphSLAM equation doubt

I have question about GraphSLAM implementation. To find out the path and map using GraphSLAM we rely on this equation: $$\mu=\Omega^{-1}\xi$$ where $\Omega$ is our information matrix which ...
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Wheel odometry simulation using ground truth

I'm tracking the state of a robot $X=(x,y,\theta)$ where $x$ and $y$ are the ground coordinates and $\theta$ the heading angle. I have the ground truth states $X_{gt}=(x_{gt},y_{gt},\theta_{gt})$. I ...
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Difference between g-value and rhs-value in Lifelong Planning A*

What is the difference between g-value and rhs-value of Lifelong Planning A* algorithm? According to this link, D* Lite, g(s) directly correspond to the g-values of an A* search, i.e. g(s) = g(s') + ...
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why is quadrotor motion planning hard?

With introduction of incremental sampling algorithms, like PRM and RRT planning in higher dimensional spaces in reasonable computation time has become possible though it is PSPACE-hard. But why is a ...
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Tf frame origin is offset from the actual base_link

I have built my differential drive mobile robot in solidworks and converted that to URDF file using soliworks2urdf converter. I successfully launched and robot and simulated with tele-operation node. ...
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How do I choose the best filter for dead reckoning with an IMU?

I'm searching filter to reduce noise and smooth the signal while dead reckoning with an IMU (6dof gyro+accelerometer). What are the differences/advantages/disadvantages of the following filters: ...
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Are robotic pollenators being designed?

With the bee hive collapses, growers are desperate for pollenation options. Is anyone working on swarms of tiny flying robots to augment the bees? They could look for a certain color, poke around ...
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Can we use this line sensor as a proximity sensor?

I have an RSL Line Sensor which is designed to distinguish black and white lines. It detects white surface and gives me digital 1 as output, with 0 in case of black, but the surface needs to be close ...
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Connect sensors to beaglebone/arduino in a complex robot

I'm building the biggest robot I've ever done. The hardware I have so far is as follows: HCR-Platform from DFRobot as a base x2 12V 146Rpm DC motor with two phase hall encoder x7 Sharp 2Y0A21 IR ...
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Dead reckoning on a car-like robot with a gyro and only one encoder

Recently I began to build a car-like robot and I stumbled upon dead reckoning. I use one motor for steering and one for traction. I want to be able to get the position of the robot. From what I have ...
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Using robotic simulator for prediction step in probabilistic localization approaches

Probabilistic localization approaches like Kalman or Monte Carlo benefit from an accurate prediction step. The more accurate the prediction step, the more accurate is the belief of the robots pose. In ...
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Line following robot with EV3 Colour Sensor

I am trying to build an advanced coloured lines following robot with the ability to differentiate between many different coloured lines and follow them. I am looking for the right sensor that will ...
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Building robots with high reliability, durability, and battery life

I'm involved in research on psychologically plausible models of reinforcement learning, and as such I thought it'd be nice to try and see how well some to the models out there perform in the real ...
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How do I interpret these specs for a motor and motor driver?

I ran into confusion while reading about motors. Consider a motor with these specs: Maximum motor voltage - 6VDC No load current - 250mA max. Stall current - around 1A I am considering using the ...
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How to perform this reference system transformation?

I have two quaternions that indicate the initial orientation of a four wheel robot, each one in relative to one reference systems. The robot's orientation given by a quaternion q is not the same in ...
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Likelihood Field Matching

I have LIDAR data of an environment in my hand and I want to apply likelihood field matching to this data. I found a source. But I don't understand what the variables of the algorithm mean and how it ...
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Difference between Collision Cone and Velocity Obstacle

I'm trying to understand these two classic approaches to path planning in dynamic environments/with moving obstacles. According to some review papers, there seems to be quite a difference between them,...
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Confusion of EKF equations

I read Probabilistic Robotics by Sebastian THRUN (online version). I also read http://ais.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/teaching/ws12/mapping/pdf/slam04-ekf-slam.pdf Question1 : What will be the ...
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How to eliminate motion blur with realtime performance

I have a robotic system to develop, in first phase of the project I need to track an object. So I placed a geometrical marker on the object to estimate it's pose (rotation, translation). It all works ...
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Software for mission planning in multi-robot systems

I am interested in mission planning for multi-robot systems. Given multiple robots and multiple tasks and an environment, I need to specify missions and software should plan for the robot team to ...
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Generalized Voronoi Diagram

I need to compute the Voronoi diagram for a map with some obstacles but I can't find any pseudo-code or example in MATLAB. The "voronoi" function in MATLAB works with points, but in this case the ...
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How to get the projection matrix from odometry/tf data?

I would like to compare my results of visual Odometry with the groundtruth provided by the KITTI dataset. For each frame in the groundthruth, i have a projection matrix. For example: ...
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Where to start for the software side of Robotics? [closed]

I am a Computer Science student entering my last year of college. I'm pretty sure Robotics is what I want to eventually be doing based on my interests in AI and embedded systems. I've seen a lot of ...

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