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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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Measuring torque of Vex gear shaft - highest accuracy for lowest price [closed]

I am seeking to collect data for my IB Physics IA (internal assessment). My question seeks to establish the relationship between speed and torque by adjusting gear ratios. (I am aware that gear ratios ...
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Zero-Point/Home Position/Origin of Absolute Encoder: What is the Proper Name?

I'm writing an academic paper describing the calibration of a system. Part of that system is an absolute rotary encoder measuring the angle of a joint. However, the position at which the encoder gives ...
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Finding the manufacturer for a sensor

We're building a smart camera and one of our competitors is using a depth sensor we're interested in using. If we open up the product, is it common to be able to see manufacturer information for ...
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Depth cameras with varying illuminations

We realized that depth cameras (IFM) tend to create a lot of noise when exposed in areas with direct sunlight. Are there any approaches to deal with illuminations? Eliminating pixels for instance?
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Depth sensing for a pick-and-place robot

I am supposed to design a pick-and-place robot. I have a prismatic joint to go down to a particular depth to pick an object which is located in 2D using computer vision. What is the recommended way to ...
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How Do You Program the SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor?

Dear Robotics Community, I am participating in a Robotics tourney that will start in a few weeks. The challenge I signed up for is to deliver and dump ping pong balls to a box. I already have my ...
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What kind of sensor do quadcopter uses?

over the last 5 years I had 2 quadcopter as a gift. the first one was basic, manual, I had to manually set the 4 motor speed for it not to crash during take off and I was alway controlling the amount ...
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What is the difference between “Sharp Distance Sensors” and “Diffuse Type Sensors” and others?

Searching online I have stumbled across following type of sensors that claim to measure distance. I don't quite understand the difference between them and their pros and cons. Would appreciate if ...
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How to set sensor output

can anyone please tell me if the sensor output is 0 to +-10V, and i connnect the sensor to differential amplifier to get an output of 0 to 3.3V then what is the input voltage to differential amplifier ...
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Self balancing roboter IMU issue

I build a self-balancing robot, at least that what i should have been. now i have tried implementing a complementary filter which combines gyro and accelerometer data, but the problem is that the ...
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How to detect books in a bookshelf? [closed]

I need help converting this project to reality for my office that I currently work in. I basically want to have sensors(idk which or what kind) behind a bookshelf in individual racks and have those ...
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Scan an Auditorium, Count People, and Display Open Seats [closed]

I'm looking for any recommended approaches to be able to digitally process a room full people, like an auditorium or a movie theater and output the following information: How many people are in the ...
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IR pattern projector

I am currently working on a robotics project in which I wish to integrated a depth/object scanner. Now my focus is currently on an IR camera in combination with some sort of IR pattern projector. ...
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How to improve confidence an object is in a particular place

I'm dealing with a problem where sometimes an object I'm looking at using RF signals can appear to be somewhere it's not due to the bouncing of the waves. Currently what I have in place is a circular ...
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How do timings affect input, sensor fusion, and output?

I'm programming a quadcopter controller. I've managed to make it fly. But, I'm not sure how to set up the timings schedule for each part of the software. I have several sensors (gyro, accelerometer, ...
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Is there a better type of sensor to measure the distance instead of Ultrasonic sensors

We know that the Ultrasonic sensors can't accurately measure the distance to an object that is more than 3 meters away (the distance may vary on brands) has it's reflective surface at a shallow angle ...
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How do ultrasonic range behave with two objects at differents distance?

If I have the following objects: A and B. A is a distance "Y" from the ultrasonic sense and B is a distance "x". If B is fix and A is moving, does the ultrasonic sense receive and detects A distance?
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Kalman filter localisation equations

I am doing mobile robot localisation as a project. Now I stuck in obtaining the equations of EKF localisation. My robot moves straight for 10 seconds parallel to x-axis and robot equipped with 2 ...
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If two ir proximity sensors or two ultrasonic sensors are kept face to face , will they give bad readings for interference?

suppose there are two bots.their task is to detect each other and hit one another(as,i am participating in a sumo-bot competition). but if the two of them are using the same kind of sensors like ...
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I’m building a robot.what kind of sensor can find the way home

I’m building a robot by raspberry pi and arduino . I want it can charge automatic.I mean the robot can find the charger station by itself. But I don’t know what kind of sensor can make it true. Wifi ...
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How to locate an object on a known surface

I am building a small robot on wheels. The robot will be moving at a small speed in a square area of known dimensions. I need to locate the robot and know its position at any given moment so I can ...
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High Res Rotary Encoders [closed]

As part of a project I need an encoder to determine the angle that this, Continuous Rotation Servo - FeeTech FS5103R, has rotated through. The resolution needs to be fairly high as I will be using it ...
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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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How can there be a difference in quaternion values of two points taken from sensors where the orientation is exactly same?

I have two situations- A) One, the body with sensor embedded in it kept at rest. B) Second, the body is at rest for 10 secs, then undergoes some movement randomly and comes back to the exact ...
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How to convert raw Pitot tube readings to air speed in m/s?

I'm building a kite flying robot, for which I want to measure air speed. So I combined a Pitot tube with an ADC and connected it to my Raspberry Pi using this tutorial. It seems to work perfect, in ...
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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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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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Confused about time systems in ephemeris computation (from GPS subframes)

I am using the gnss-sdr library to compute ephemeris from the GPS message, and to try to make sense of things, I am reading the well-known IS-GPS-200E specification. To compute ephemeris, the time ...
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Is it possible that a quadcopter hold height for long time stable only using IMU (without GPS) and barometer?

As we know, we can calculate altitude from barometer readings, and a UAV can hold height by referring to these data. However the real air pressure is varying with many conditions. These variance will ...
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Making a robot move straight between two maze walls

Using a PID with encoders, I can make the robot move straight but there is a 0.5 degrees drift and it eventually hits a wall so I need to adjust to center it between the two walls. I have a sensor on ...
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GPS message: compute ephemeris data and pseudo-ranges from subframes

I have raw GPS data (see end of the question for details if you think the protocols are relevant), and I need to extract/compute ephemeris and pseudoranges (my goal is to replace the recursive least ...
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Why does one IMU axis influence another?

For a home robotics project I just bought a BerryIMU to connect it to my Raspberry Pi. After hooking it up I ran the provided Python code to read out some values while moving it around. If I keep the ...
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How can I compensate for pendulum and cart motion when using an accelerometer to detect the tilt angle?

I have an accelerometer mounted to an inverted pendulum (i.e. a cart-pole robot) which I'm using to measure the tilt angle from the vertical upright position (+y direction). If the inverted pendulum ...
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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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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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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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Robot end effector sensor query [closed]

I am currently in the process of implementing a Fanuc robotic arm at our company and have just received the pneumatic gripper end effector to go on the end of the arm (which we won't have for about a ...
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Simple sensor to detect motion of inanimate objects

This is for a high school project that I'm doing. The sensor should be able to detect the movement of a moving inanimate object and convert into electrical energy, and be fairly cheap to buy. I have ...
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What is killing the robots exploring Fukushima?

This article discusses how the robots sent to explore the Fukushima reactors have been damaged by radiation that exceeds 650 sieverts per hour: http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/17/14652274/fukushima-...
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Strain gauges or flex sensors

I've been thinking about making myself a fancy data glove. Now that I'm looking into it, I notice a lot of DIY stuff works with these so called flex sensor based on conductive carbon ink. I'm not ...
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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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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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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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Is it better to use software or hardware for object sorting?

For a sorting machine where the objects to be sorted have various sizes, color, shapes, and patterns, is it more optimal (in terms of minimal time of the overall process and maximal precision and ...
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Reading Intention for exoskeletons motion estimation

I'm interested in exoskeletons and wearable rehabilitation robotics. I wonder how we can estimate/predict the intention of human body/part motion. I want to prevent the exoskeleton from interfering ...
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How can I compare robot and human hands?

I want a comparison between human hands and robot hands, with respect to grasping and squeezing objects. How can I perform such a comparison, using sensors, as one would with a benchmarking database?...
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EtherCAT slave sensor node [closed]

We are currently working on a project where we want to use EtherCAT as a communication protocol between a central system (master) and several nodes (slaves). We want these slaves to have the following:...
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How to use registration inputs on a Kinetix servo?

I am working with a Kinetix 5500 servo drive with a rotational actuator to locate a keyway on a shaft. The shaft will rotate, and a laser sensor will detect the height difference when the keyway ...
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Appropriate control scheme for gripper end-effector

I want to use a gripper end-effector (3 fingers, single actuator tendon-driven with force sensors in fingers) to grip and hold fragile objects such as an egg. I can not seem to figure out which ...
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Use of ADC with Sharp Infrared Sensor

I have a Sharp GP2D12 and I've been using it with my Arduino just fine. I have however had some experience in the past where this sensor (which is analog) was fed into an ADC (like ADC0831) to go to a ...