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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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I am doing a project on robotic surgeries! Can anyone help me and give me some details related to this topic? [closed]

Can anyone help me, because I am doing a project on robotical surgeries and I would like someone to help me and advise me. I wonder if anyone could give me some data on tests he or she has run in a ...
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Ball and plate possible sensors use

I am looking for sensors to give me the position of a ball on a plate in order to make a ball and plate problem . What came to my mind is to use image processing but since i never did some serious ...
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Stereo camera Vs Kinect

Any one can advice me on the ideal perception sensors for pick and place application using a robotic manipulator with ROS support. I have generally looked at things like Kinect and stereo cameras (...
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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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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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Sensor that will produce a sinusoid phase locked to a high RPM Shaft

Is there a sensor that will produce a sinusoidal signal phase locked to a high RPM (7000 RPM) shaft? I am attempting to build a coaxial helicopter based on the architecture described in this paper ...
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3D Camera for beginner [closed]

I want to buy a 3d camera with depth sensor. Can anyone can give me advice on which one will be the best? I have a experience with kinect, but configuring kinect for Linux is painful and also kinect ...
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How to program parallel PID control loops? So I can give my robot multiple set points to follow

So I'm in the process of building my robot and it has encoders on every wheel measuring speed and position and a compass sensor measuring heading. I have 3 seperate PID loops at the moment, I can ...
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Alternatives to cameras for a dirt sensor for an autonomous vacuum robot?

When I use a standard manual vacuum, I often notice that I have to pass over a spot several times because a single pass does not necessarily catch all the dirt. My eyes/brain can easily perceive this ...
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Arduino depth sensor

I'm looking for an arduino compatible depth sensor NOT for water. What I need is a sensor very similar to an Xbox kinect (but much smaller) that will tell me what is in front of the sensor and also ...
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what is the easiest method to plot a temperature in my pc? [closed]

After a lot of learning, I'm launching a reballing business and I feel the need to have a realtime plot of the temperatures involved (ideally 3 or 4) and I have an arduino uno and a few K type ...
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Simple yet effective angular position sensor to be used in robotic hand

What is the best yet simple to use angular position sensor? I am building a robotic hand and I want to implement this sensor at the joints of the fingers. I don't need a module, just an analogue ...
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Finding the position of a servo

I am building a collision avoidance system for my robot. As a part of this system I am using a pan and tilt kit (http://www.robotshop.com/en/lynxmotion-pan-and-tilt-kit-aluminium2.html) My aim is ...
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Plastic that's transparent to IR range sensors

Sharp IR range finders are pretty popular sensors, but I usually see them externally mounted and directly exposed to the environment which makes them prone to being damaged or getting crufty. I have ...
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Measuring the performance and response rate of ESCs

How would i go about measuring and quantifying the performance of an ESC? I am looking to measure the response rate(in Hz) of an ESC, as well as it's performance(i.e how fast it starts and stops, as ...
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Gyro rate gets increase problem

I am using PID controller to stabilize quadcopter. Its working well on the jig. But when I removed jig it went up and hit ceiling. I analyzed my data and from which I come to the conclusion that at ...
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Are there surface texture sensors for integration in circuits?

I have a project in mind for a robot which is able to recognize surfaces, and thought about including the following sensors: a temperature sensor a colour sensor, or a complex of electronic ...
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Arduino Lightsensor Blocking Code

I have a GY-31 Light sensor and I am trying to make a skittle sorting machine. There is a little wheel skittles can drop into then they are turn to 90 degrees read by the light sensor then dropped out ...
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Can I make an automatically-parking robot car with IR sensor?

It would be easy to understand if you imagine a robotic vacuum cleaner. (For some models) It goes back to a specific place automatically to recharge. Like this, I want to make a robot which ...
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control a robot with pymorse on MORSE simulator question

I am new to Morse and robotics. This code control the robot by giving the linear and angular velocity. This is the scene description ...
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Robot docking for self-recharging

I want to build a simple obstacle avoider robot, but this time I want it to be self-recharging so I am building a dock for this purpose, so I want it to be able to locate the dock and go for it when ...
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Is there an advantage to multiple magnetometers for heading computation

I'm building an autonomous sail boat (ripped out the guts of an RC sail boat and replaced with my own mainboard etc.) The controller board I have can accommodate both an MPU9150 and an HMC5883. Is ...
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How to estimate yaw angle from tri-axis accelerometer and gyroscope

I would like to estimate the yaw angle from accelerometer and gyroscope data. For roll and pitch estimate I've used the following trigonometric equations: ...
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Where do roboticists look for used sensors/hardware? [closed]

I recently built a self-driving vehicle-type robot for a competition, and am looking to sell sensors (GPS, INS, etc.) used in order to have money for the next project. Is ebay where people tend to go ...
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Is increasing gyro , accelerometer sensor range is good or bad ? how does it affect the accuracy

I've been using mpu6050 IMU unit ( gyro + accelerometer ) I found that I can set acc range to +/- 2g or 4g till 16 g and same for gyro +/- 250 deg/sec , 500 deg/sec and so I know that they are ...
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Robotc color sensor error

I am trying to write a simple program where the robot(Lego NXT2) will follow a blue line. ...
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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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What are the calculations for a badminton robot and mechanisms?

I am designing a badminton robot but i am very confused about mechanisms needed for a badminton robot and various calculations needed for millisecond response.I am also confused about calculations ...
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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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Yaw angle calculation for drone PID from two distance sensors

I'm building a control system with a Parrot AR 2.0 drone where I have access to thrust controls for up/down (z), left/right (y), forward/backwards (x), turn left and turn right (yaw) through a Ruby ...
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Can active sensor data be fed into an Autodesk Inventor Simulation?

I'd like to drive the position of various components within a virtual assembly based on sensor data being collected in real time from an external device. Does Inventor support such a setup? The goal ...
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Controlling a system with delayed measurements

Assume I have a rather simple system I want to control, but all sensor measurements exhibit considerable time delay, i.e.: $z_t = h(x_{(t-d)}) \neq h(x_t)$ With my limited knowledge about control, ...
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Typical method for integrating a neural net into a PLC

How would one typically integrate a neural network into an online automation system? As an example, we have developed a neural network that predicts a difficult to measure variable within a reactor ...
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innovation step ekf localization?

Let's say we have a bunch of observations $z^{i}$ from sensor and we have a map in which we can get the predicted measurements $\hat{z}^{i}$ for landmarks. In EKF localization in correction step, ...
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Best strategy for area scanning using little sensing bots

I'm currently working on a school project about simulating robots scanning an area, but it has been a struggle to find what strategy the robots should use. Here are the details: I am given a certain ...
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Solutions for Finding Position and Heading in a Multi-Level House

I was wondering if you could reccomend possible solutions for locating a robot within a multilevel house. What seems obvious to me is that need an altitude sensor to derive the story the robot, and a ...
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Why linkage-based haptic devices are much more common than cable (tension)-based ones?

According not only to this link, but in my humble opinion to common sense as well, cable-based haptic devices have got lower inertia and are less complicated mechanically. I also believe that ...
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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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Simplest way to do object tracking with a 2D range finder sensor? [closed]

My current class assignment is to program a robot through a course that includes two moving obstacles – other robots moving at constant speed around a region the one robot must get to. Since the other ...
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How to get prevent twisting of cables

I am planning to create a motor turret described in this question. But to simplify the problem, I'm thinking of a wind turbine with a generator in the main head that can rotate freely through 360 ...
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What approaches should I consider to create rotating a turret

First a bit of background, I am planning to make a highly maneuverable airship controlled by four thrust vectored propellers. I don't want to rely on a rudder and forward momentum for turns but ...
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Differential Drive Robot on uneven surfaces

So I am building a differential drive robot and I want it to autonomously drive in a straight line on an uneven surface. I know I need a position and velocity PID. As of now, I am deciding on which ...
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Position and Object Data Tracking [closed]

For a class project, I'm working with a weight stack: I'm trying to simultaneously measure: the position of a moving weight stack the value of the weight based on a calibrated/preloaded position in ...
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Datasheet for Taos TCS3200 GY-31 [closed]

Can someone please post the datasheet for the colour sensor mentioned above. All i can find is for TCS3200
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How to turn a rover 90 degrees using wheel encoders?

I have a four wheel DC rover with two optical wheel encoders. I'm executing rover turns by controlling the direction of wheel motion on either side of the rover. To turn left, all wheels on the left ...
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What is the Name of the part I'm describing

I'm looking for a part that will do a particular function. It has to be able to move along one axis and tell me the force that is being exerted on it. Kind of how like a piston moves inside an ...
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What different sensing approaches are used in the current batch of indoor 3D cameras?

I'm aware of the PrimeSense camera powering the Kinect. Are more advanced sensor types available now in the < $500 range? For example, has there been any sort of game-changer in structured light ...
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What's a good pose estimation method for high precision (<5mm per-axis) solutions at short range (<50cm)?

I'm trying to get a 6DOF pose solution for an object that'll be between 10 and 50 cm from a fixed point. I want to avoid putting too much special hardware on the object, but extra hardware on the ...
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How to implement a distance proximity sensor with wider range

More in the line of robotics observing their environment, I'm trying to implement a proximity sensor that can sense objects in front of it to a least up to $-30^ \circ \space$ to $\space+30^ \circ $ ...
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Multiple position estimates fusion

I have a system in which I have two separate subsystems for estimating robot positions. First subsystem is composed of 3 cameras which are used for detecting markers the robot is carrying and which ...

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