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A sensor (also called detector) is a converter that measures a physical quantity and converts it into a signal which can be read by an observer or by an (today mostly electronic) instrument.

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How to obtain airspeed data

I want to measure the airspeed on a flying vehicle and get the data with a microcontroller. Note that, there will not be any control mechanism on the flying object, it will be flying mechanicaly/...
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Measuring distance between known source and unknown object? [closed]

So I have a 'source' at a position in space (we would consider this source to be at origin), and an unknown object in 3D space. If I were to find the position of the unknown object in 3D space, how ...
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Feasibility of SLAM with heterogeneous sensors

Why are there so few published implementations of SLAM with support for heterogeneous sensors? Heterogeneous sensors include LIDAR, monocular cameras, stereo cameras, thermal sensors from more than ...
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Are there solid state directional sensors available?

I have no problem building little robots which are more or less self driving RC cars. Now I want them to be aware of and interact with each other. In simulations they all know the position of all ...
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Detecting the presence of a person in a room

I am working on my first hobby project and I'm not very familiar with sensors yet. I am trying to build a system which detects the presence of a person in a small room with a single entrance/exit door....
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Localize a Mobile Robot on a Mirror

I am currently busy with a project which requires me to construct a robot capable of cleaning a heliostat (movable mirror used to redirect sunlight). Heliostats are basically large flat mirrors that ...
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How to determine the rotation matrix and translation vector of a fixed LiDAR from the sensor frame to an aircraft's vehicle frame?

I am using a fixed 3D LiDAR sensor on a small aircraft. The vehicle has a GPS/INU to calculate its own position and orientation. I do not know the exact offset of the LIDAR from the center of the ...
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Best Sensors/Upgrades for mBots? [closed]

So i have regular mBot with black/white line follower & ultrasonic sensor. What would be the best thing to upgrade it with? Also is there something that is similar to those blue metal rods? I ...
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Sensors in Collaborative Robots

I'm currently doing some research on collaborative robotics. One area of interest is the type of sensor(s) used in these kind of machines. I had a look at some robots by FANUC and Universal Robots ...
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How to compute the field of view of a robot when obstacles are around?

Is there a formula to compute the field of view of a robot when it is obstructed by other objects like in this picture When it is a full circle it should be ...
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Sensor options for localization on linear rail

For a thesis project for ways to localize a slide on a linear rail with a length of ~1m. The slide in question is the seat of an indoor rowing machine: Concept2 Ergometer Price is definitely an issue ...
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Robot detection in motion

In the environment, I have two robots and a couple of fixed obstacles. In order to detect obstacles I am using ultrasonic sensors. For robots, they need to detect each other and from which side other ...
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Using CTRV UKF, to predict yaw and yaw_rate without measuring it

I would like to know does it makes sense to use CTRV (constant turn rate & velocity) motion model [x, y, v, yaw, yaw_rate] with Unscented Kalman filter if I have only measurements of the position ...
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IMU and encoder fusion

I'm trying to simulate data fusion for a 4-wheeled mobile robot using ekf and am using IMU and wheel encoders as sensors,where IMU measures linear acceleration and angular velocity and encoder ...
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Understanding the SICK S300 RS422 data output

I'm using a SICK S300 safety scanner connected via RS422 -> USB and I'm trying to decode the lines of data into meaningful values, however looking at the data compared to the Telegram Listing it seems ...
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Mapping on Glass Surface

Hi i am building a robot that can travel on a transparent/glass surface but i want to map the whole surface. What is the best Solution for a 2D mapping of a transparent surface? -Is Lidar mapping ...
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Accuracy of 3D scanners in featureless environments

I am trying to 3D reconstruct a room that has been freshly constructed but the walls have not yet been either plastered or painted/wallpapered. So far I have tried using mapping techniques(like rtab ...
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Polling or Timer interrupt?

We hope to build a simple line follower robot and we got a problem when we were discussing about PIC programming. We planed to write a endless loop, check the sensor panel reading and do the relevant ...
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What kind of sensor do i need for knowing that something is placed at a position?

I have a small device that's picking up small rocks from a pile and moving them to another place. Its a kind of crude way of trying to push the whole pile onto a bigger gear and hoping one of them are ...
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How to estimate yaw angle from magnetometer and gyroscope?

I'm using the MPU9250, it measures acceleration, magnetometer, gyro, etc. Complementary filter tutorial for this is here, however this tutorial does not have a magnetometer and I do, thus I thought I ...
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I need to read a lot of analog signals without any analog pins

I have an nvidia xavier with gpio running linux. It should work very similarly to raspberry pis. I need to connect a bunch of pressure sensors, thermistor, potentiometers, and vibration sensors to my ...
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Vısual sensor.camera lenses with a field of view of more than 180 degree

What kind of camera models can be used for lenses with a field of view of more than 180 degree ? Is ıt possible if not why? Are fisheye lenses suitable for this purpose?
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GraphSLAM data accumulation problem

I try to implement GraphSLAM from this tutorial, The GraphSLAM Algorithm with Applications to Large-Scale Mapping of Urban Structures. I have some doubt while studying this paper. I hope people who ...
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Visible light sensors for line follower

I'm making a second version of my line follower robot and I'm thinking what are the line sensors going to look like. In the previous version I've successfully used IR LEDs and IR phototransistors, ...
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Computer vision with single camera vs. distance sensors for obstacle detection [closed]

I am going to start a new project consisting in implementing an autonomous driving RC car. The car as it is now, has a camera installed on each side of the car, i.e. 4 cameras in total. They are ...
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Joint torque sensor vs end-effector force sensor

I am trying to understand the difference between joint torque sensors, and force sensors, in a robot arm. From what I understand, joint torque sensors estimate the torque at each joint, whereas a ...
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Is This A Colour Sensor?

Hi Iam new to robotics and stack exchange and Iam 13 years old,this is a IR sensor, can you tell me that is this thing have a colour sensor on it?
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Can drone fly in predefined fixed trajectory without GPS

Is it possible to make a drone to fly in fixed altitude and move in fixed trajectory without GPS. (Drone has to move in fixed path which is already defined). I am saying without GPS because drone has ...
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Drone Mapping Project

I'm mapping my college campus with a drone (as part of an approved science project). I want to film, measure the temperature, and take infrared video at the same time. What drones are good for ...
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How to handle multi-sensors data [closed]

I am new to sensor data fusion world. I want to find room vacancy using ultrasonic, PIR and sound sensors. These sensors deliver binary information about the occupancy. How can I combine the ...
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A sensor that can see glass/transparent objects and surfaces

I am currently thinking about making a robot that will autonomously drive around the place. The place I want this robot to drive in however contains quite a few glass walls. When mapping the area I ...
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Sensor complement in Drone

I saw a question posted by @Rocketmagnet (Why do I need a Kalman filter?) about the need for a Kalman filter. In that question, he says he's designing an UAV and lists the following sensors he will ...
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3D Direction Sensor - Question from a Neuroscientist

I'm posting here on the advice of r/diydrones, who said you're the people to ask. I'm hoping you might be able to help out with a problem i've come across in my research? I'm a Neuroscientist working ...
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What are the differences between wheel and manipulator joint encoders?

As far as I understand the joint encoders output the angle and the wheel encoders output speed. Is that accurate? In either case, how do the differences affect the kinematic calculations, as in path ...
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How do I determine the required encoder resolution for a control system?

I'm designing a joint which will have to move with a velocity of ~60RPM and I have to come up with resolution requirement for the encoders within this joint. I notice however that this is easier said ...
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Can a RPI3B+ handle all this?

I am building a robot that needs to accomplish the following tasks: Keep track of 4 quadrotor encoders, each 979.62 CPR @ ~ 500RPM, so ~ 8163.5 counts per second Read from an RPlidar A1M8, giving out ...
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How to handle sensor data for a sensor-fusion algorithm

I am implementing the explicit complementary filter(see below) with a 9DOF MEMS sensors (accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope) for attitude estimation. Currently, the gyro and accel update rates ...
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Choosing a position sensor (encoder) and obtaining velocity from it

How do I know how many counts per revolution I need for an encoder for my application? I need to be able to accurately capture a 1000 Hz signal on an input side running from 1-133 rev/sec (60-8000 ...
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outdoor autonomous robot [closed]

i had search over google and found out more or less some sensor that i could use like sonar, gyroscope, accelerometer,magnetometer and gps and 2d lidar (which is less expensive, around $300) i have ...
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Retrieving distance and angle of roobma create2

The goal of my project is to get a real-time location information of roobma. The information includes the x position, the y position and the angle (12 o'clock direction is 0 degree, 3 o'clock is 90 ...
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Tracking object in realtime using depth image stream from a RGBD camera

I have an Intel RealSense camera which can stream RGB and depth image. Using those information I want to track an object moving on a table top. More specifically, I want to know position $(x,y)$ and ...
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What are some low cost alternatives for lidar? [closed]

It need not be as effective as lidar or it may have some disadvantages when compared with lidar. What are the probable alternatives? Edit: I'm intending to use it outdoors for navigation of ...
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Why won't my PID line follower work?

I'm trying to implement a PID based line follower. The robot has 2 line sensors with ranges from 0-200, with 0 being black and 200 being white. I'm trying to follow a black line. I'm struggling to ...
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Don't understand how sensor works, metal wired directly to I/O pin of arduino

I'm trying to understand how an electronic musical instrument (called an e-chanter) works (imagine a recorder or other wind instrument, but with the holes replaced with metal contacts, and the sound ...
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Can high voltage power lines provide a super highway for drones?

Is there a way to convert the EM field that surrounds high voltage power lines for direct usable electricity for air or ground drones for continuous flight or travel? Added: Yes could the EM field be ...
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Angle Random Walk vs. Rate Noise Density (MPU6050)

I’ve made a datalog from a MPU6050 (IMU: gyroscope and accelerometer) at 500Hz sample rate. Now I want to calculate the characteristics from the gyro to evaluate the sensor. For the gyro I’ve found ...
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How can I detect if a DC motor on a robot is starting to fail?

What characteristics can I look for which could be reliable early warning signs that a DC motor on my robot, say one used for the drive, could be failing? I'm looking for an answer that deals in terms ...
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.launch file associated while using a sensor

What is the general structure of .launch file for using a sensor? For example: 1.Following code is example for using a JoyStick to control TurtleSim ...
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Transformation matrix between a 2D and a 3D coordinate system

I have 2 sensors : one has 2D coordinate system and the other has a 3D coordinate system (not same origin). Knowing the positions of some corresponding target points (used as fixed reference) in both ...
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Noisy magnetometer data

I’m looking to develop an AHRS for which I’m using a magnetometer to correct for heading errors. I wanted to check that the magnetometer I'm using is functioning to the level of accuracy (+- 1 degree) ...