This is just something I threw together that I thought you might find useful. I can only write about what I hear about, so if you know something that I’ve left out, please tell me. Comments?
added 22-07-2015: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBFFfxVbvpNRGf-th2x0cg6P_DPBxg-s6 Videos showing the capability of Robots
This list is enormous. Let’s start:
Much of that stuff isn’t used in most robots, but I haven’t found a better way to organize it yet. [FIXME: this is getting long. delete redundant stuff … break into several files ?]
2002-07-25:DAV: I had no idea. According to http://www.androidworld.com/prod05.htm, as of 03/10/2002 my little collection of links here is the 4th largest robotics page in the world. Whee !
David also maintains related files:
[Consider making a “parts” section of robot_links; make CPUs a subs-section.] [FIXME: this page is way to large. Split into smaller pages and cross-link; trim out some of the lower-quality stuff]
[FIXME: do I need a section on AI (artificial intelligence) ?
(see also #androids for some amazing pictures).
[FIXME: should I comb out prosthesis and put them in a seperate section ?]
see also tiny CPUs computer_architecture.html#simple_cpu .
On one end of the scale we have isolated autonomous robots.
In the middle we have swarms of small robots that communicate, but try to avoid crashing into each other.
Over at #modular I talk about robots that are built out of physically attaching many identical modules. In theory, the base module can be even simpler than the simplest isolated autonomous robot.
Some ideas that drive me towards tiny robots:
some “tiny robot” projects:
The Ants http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/ants/ are a community of cubic-inch microrobots at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. Cost: $300 in parts and who knows how many hundreds of thousands in labor.
The Cricket is a tiny computer, powered by a 9 volt battery, that can control two motors and receive information from two sensors. Crickets are equipped with an infrared communication system that allows them to communicate with each other.
… based on the Microchip PIC … User programs are downloaded to the Cricket via its infrared communications system. … LEDs on the Cricket … Crickets are programmed in a dialect of the Logo programming language …
[FIXME: very cool. build some ?]
Cricket Logo http://el.www.media.mit.edu/people/mikhak/sas99/
“self-organization in large populations of mobile robots” thesis by Cem Ünsal http://armyant.ee.vt.edu/unsalWWW/cemsthesis.html includes Matlab programs
[Some of these overlap into my “flying robots” category — merge ?]
Many devices (printers, etc.) now use not just standard Internet Protocol but have a small web server embedded in them for input and to indicate status rather than using floppy disks or LCD panels or tiny little keyboards or other proprietary communication protocols.
[FIXME: Is there a better file for me to keep this category ?]
Stanford University Wearable Computing Laboratory World’s Smallest Operational Web Server (to date) http://wearables.stanford.edu/
Embedded Ethernet: vendors that have Ethernet on their microcontrollers. http://microcontroller.com/EmbeddedSystems.asp?c=21
~$77 USD http://www.dontronics.com/projecsystems.html small, solid-state Web server with 32k nonvolatile memory, 2 A/D inputs for 0-5v measurement, etc.
recommends TCP/IP Lean: Web Servers for Embedded Systems book by Jeremy Bentham.
Tiny TCP/Tiny WEB Servers/etc. http://unusualresearch.com/tinytcp/tinytcp.htm
Embedded systems as web servers(!) see Personal Engineering http://www.pein.com/ 1996 Dec p. 8 “The shrinking Web server” article by Russ Lindgren;
Connecting an M68HC08 Family Microcontroller to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) Using the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) http://e-www.motorola.com/brdata/PDFDB/docs/AN2120.pdf
TINI: Tiny InterNet Interface http://www.ibutton.com/TINI/
embedded web server http://www.jumptec.de/“world’s smallest web server” looks like it’s slightly smaller than a deck of playing cards.
``An Embeddable HTTP Server: Web-enabling embedded devices” article by M. Tim Jones Dr. Dobb’s Journal October 2001 http://www.ddjembedded.com/resources/articles/2001/0110h/0110h.htm
http://www.suroot.net/html/article.php?sid=87&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0`` uIP … is probably the smallest TCP/IP stack ever written in a high level language. uIP is written in the C programming language and the source code is free to distribute and use for both non-commercial and commercial use (the full BSD-style license is here). Follow the link near the bottom of the page for a c64 running as a web server. ” http://sourceforge.net/projects/ucip/
IPic - A Match Head Sized Web-Server http://wiht.link/smallest-server “this chip includes a web-server, which I do believe to be the smallest web-server — in physical size as well as in code-size. ” (has lots of links to other small embedded web servers, including one that runs on the C64)
An Internet Oven Monitor by Bill Eichin http://www.elecdesign.com/Pages/magpages/dec1799/ifd/1217ifd1.htm
I hear “netcat” could be useful. ftp://avian.org/src/hacks/nc110.tgz
Other than Apache, http://www.imatix.com/ also has a free web server. Lots of open source software here.
anonymous proxy server in 100 lines of Perl http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/websoft/libwww-perl/archive/1996h2/0404.html
http://www.barnnetwork.com/barnnet/ has a embedded system that displays status via the web.
Embedded Internet Workshop http://www.circuitcellar.com/eiw_proc/proceedings.htm Embedded Web Servers
Atmel Corp. http://www.atmel.com/ and emWare Inc. http://www.emware.com/ are integrating emWare’s EMIT (Embedded Micro Internetworking Technology) software with Atmel’s 8 bit Flash AVR microcontrollers … so “developers can quickly create Internet-enabled embedded networks for AVR-controlled electronic devices … user interfaces can be a … standard web browser … through a remote web server, a directly connected laptop, or a PDA.” — from article in Electronic Design http://www.elecdesign.com/ 1998-11-01.
Patriot Scientific Corporation http://www.ptsc.com/ interesting radar systems, designed native Java “shBoom(tm) microprocessor for “embedded web servers”. http://www.circuitcellar.com/articles/misc/tom-92.pdf
http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_2363.html web-enabled embedded systems
QNX Software Systems Ltd. (QSSL) a demo that fits a full HTML 3.2 browser, POSIX-certified real-time OS, windowing system, TCP/IP, embedded Web server, Internet dialer, text editor, file browser and other applications onto a single, self-booting 1.44 MB floppy. … using less than 2 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM … You can download the demo from Internet Appliance Toolkit (AIT) http://www.qnx.com/iat… the Odin Reference Design Kit “all the hardware you need … NTSC TV and SVGA monitor out, PC Card socket … fax/modem, Ethernet, … schematics … bill of material … to build a full-featured Internet appliance for under $200 … with Odin and the AIT” … Odin from National Semiconductor http://www.national.com/ns486… — from advertisement in Computer Design http://www.computer-design.com/ 1997 Nov
U S Software http://www.ussw.com/ Hillsboro, OR sells TCP/IP protocol suite for many embedded processors.
[ Intelligent Instrumentation, Inc. http://www.instrument.com/ ethernet data acquisition system ] is very similar …
http://www.rc10.com/Basics%20Hub/toolbox.htm photos of just *some* of the tools needed to build a robot. (These are the most crucial ones, of course).
Stiquito ``Building a Linux-controlled walking robot” by Katja and Guido Socher http://www.tldp.org/linuxfocus/English/May2001/article205.shtml has very detailed step-by-step instructions.
comp.robotics FAQ http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/robotics-faq/
Control of Stepping Motors, a tutorial Douglas W. Jones http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~jones/step/
Basic Stepping Motor Control Circuits by Douglas W. Jones http://www.cs.uiowa.edu/~jones/step/circuits.html
Doug Reeder http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/~reeder/reeder.html has some interesting stuff on three-legged (!) robots, or “triped”.
``RoboCat: A 4-CPU 4-Legged Walking Robot or SPI Communications With the 68HC11” by Tom Dickens http://home1.gte.net/tdickens/68hc11/robocat/robocat.html
MIT Leg Laboratory http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/leglab/robots/robots.html Walkers, Running & Hopping Robots ( including classic 1 legged hoppers ), and Miscellaneous Robots.
``Dino robot has leg up, or two Technology that puts model upright could one day help the disabled walk” By Kathleen Fackelmann USA TODAY http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010820/3556819s.htm
become a member of the legged robots email list by sending a blank message to: email@example.com it will respond with further information.
“Servo Basics” by Ahmet ONAT http://geocities.com/ahmetonat/servobasics.html has a nice, simple, NE555 + variable resistor, schematic for testing servos /* was: http://turbine.kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp/staff/onat.html */
Simulation of a Subsumption Architecture Robot: Genghis genghis.zip by Noel J. Rode. ( cool !)
“a six legged walker. 3 DOF per leg, for a total of 18 degress of freedom, all in a package about 2 feet long.” — Dylan Horvath
M & T SYSTEMS $124 HEXWALKER(tm) robot (complete kit, includes preprogrammed PIC chip)(PIC 16C56…It contains the BASIC interpreter ) “HexWalker is small enough to be easily portable and yet large enough to be worked on without a microscope. ” This site also says “Forget The Memory Effect” Myth.
modular robots: robots that are built from *lots* of identical pieces.
Buzzwords: metamorphic; reconfigurable; smart matter; …
reconfigurable robots: robots with parts that can be disconnected and then re-connected in a different configuration. (The really cool ones can reconfigure themselves “self-reconfigure”, rather than requiring a human with a screwdriver).
[is this related to replication computer_architecture.html#replication ?]
Modular Reconfigurable Robots http://www.parc.xerox.com/spl/members/yim/modrobots.html| http://www.parc.xerox.com/spl/projects/modrobots/ Versatility Robustness (self-repair) Cost (economies of scale?) [FIXME: Mark Yim ]
``Locomotion with a Unit Modular Reconfigurable Robot” by Mark Yim http://robotics.stanford.edu/users/mark/polypod.html leads to Taxonomy of Statically Stable Locomotion http://robotics.stanford.edu/users/mark/taxonomy.html by Mark Yim which describes and pictures some … unusual robot locomotion patterns.
“Modular Reconfigurable Robotics … Smart Matter” by Mark Yim http://www2.parc.com/spl/projects/modrobots/ includes modular robots in several shapes, including
Fractal Shape Changing Robots http://www.stellar.demon.co.uk/ Very enthusiastic. David Cary suspects that some shape *other* than cubes might be better.
CONRO will be miniature and is to be made from identical modules that can be programmed to alter its topology in order to respond to environmental challenges such as obstacles.
robot modules that can reassemble itself (pins and latches) in several different configurations. Apparently each module has its own power and CPU and sensors and 1 or 2 motors. Each module communicates with any modules attached to it via infrared. Lots of details; good pictures.
Modular Robotics http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~paredis/modular/
http://www.snakerobots.com/ some of the robots here look very similar to real biological snakes (biomemetic).
I-Cubes: A Modular Self-Reconfiguring Bipartite Robotic System http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~unsal/research/ices/cubes/``We assume that all active (link) and passive (cube) modules [permit] power and information flow to their neighboring modules.”
The Recti-Blob: A conformal shape-changing robot for robust locomotion over rough terrain http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/leglab/robots/blob/blob.html
The ‘Transformers’ are coming article By BBC News Online internet reporter Mark Ward 2001-01-19 http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1124000/1124312.stm
Self-reconfiguring Robots at The Dartmouth Robotics Lab http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~rus/self-reconfig.html Actual photographs !
“The Crystalline Atomic Unit Modular Self-reconfigurable Robot” by Marsette Vona http://www.ai.mit.edu/~vona/xtal/ Has a nice photographs and movies of cells that has been fabricated (not just theory or simulation !), both mechanics, electronics (Atmel MCU), communications (infrared). ``We have developed an automated planning algorithm for generating reconfigurations, called the Melt-Grow planner. The Melt-Grow planner is fast (O(n2) for Crystals of n Atoms) and complete for a fully general subset of Crystals.”
[fixme: just link to this story, rather than quoting it] http://articles.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m4PRN/is_1998_August_28/ai_21077187
[FIXME: move elsewhere … to its own file perhaps ?] [microdisplays … wearable_electronic.html ]
(in no particular order)
The exact opposite of these LCD panels is huge projection displays such as http://www.virtual-reality.com/.
microcontroller chips (AVR, PIC, BASIC Stamp, etc.) that can be used to build Robot Brains . (what about 16 bit and 32 bit microcontrollers, like the 680x0 and ARM ?)
including PIC C compilers C language
[FIXME: move all this info to http://massmind.org/]
PIC Microcontroller Programmers http://massmind.org/techref/microchip/devprogs.htm
http://piclist.org/techref/index.htm has tons of information and source code for programming the PIC.
PICmicro WebRing http://o.webring.com/hub?ring=picmicro
“Program Microchip PIC micros with C - sample source code, FAQ and more” http://www.microchipc.com/ reviews several different C compilers for the PIC
http://www.blitzlogic.com/links.htm free C compilers for PIC and other processors; [FIXME: other tools here …]
http://nexuscomputing.com/~picarchive/ has tons of information about programming and using the PIC ucontroller. Links to several high-level-language compilers for the PIC.
http://jmandon.free.fr/ connecting a standard PIC to a standard off-the-shelf Ethernet card.
“dedicated to the people that are interested in building, testing, and using various higher language interpreters for Microchip PIC processors. ” … “Step-by-step instruction with all necessary links for efficient PIC usage in LINUX environment. ” http://www.eg3.com/WebID/embedded/pic/blank/perspage/1-a-p.htm[FIXME: toread]
E-Bot: The Educational Robot http://home.earthlink.net/~apendragn/ebot/ Links to PIC C compliers and other PIC resources.
FORTH on a PIC ? ftp://lagrange.isy.liu.se/ftp/pub/F2PIC/
Review of 4 PIC ‘C’ Compilers: By Bob Shaver. http://www.dontronics.com/ccs.html
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Way/5807/ has tons of links to Microchip PIC resources. (Perhaps some of them would be helpful even to non-PIC-users). http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Way/5807/dat.html#Robotics DTMF coding and decoding, CallerID, servo control, setpper motor control, spread spectrum, and many other topics.
http://www.cybermedix.co.nz/flashpic/ has a interesting code developer / chip programmer / dis-assembler tool for the PIC.
PIC C compiler http://www.ccsinfo.com/picc.html
Is this the same as
CCS C compiler for Microchip PICmicro MCU designs. http://www.pic-c.com/
David Tait’s Links to Internet PIC Resources http://www.man.ac.uk/~mbhstdj/piclinks.html(huge !)
Lots of PIC information and links: http://www.brouhaha.com/~eric/
[FIXME: I have 68HC11 stuff scattered back and forth between here and #68HC11. Should I merge them together, or how to discriminate what goes where ? ]
DonTronics http://www.dontronics.com/ has lots of free information. sells “Simmsticks” (tiny, low-cost little boards with a MicroChip PICmicro microprocessor or a Atmel 89Cx051 microprocessor), programmers for them that plug into a PC parallel port, and some software tools to write programs for them (assembly, BASIC compilers, C compilers). Interesting “paperless” business concept: only physical hardware is delivered; everything that other people handle with shipping disks or paper documentation is handled instead via the web or email.
PIC16C84 info http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/3656/ including a free C compiler and other GPL utilities for the PIC.
Microchip PIC and parallax STAMP microcontrollers http://www.pacifier.com/~mcginty/
microEngineering Labs, Inc. http://www.melabs.com/mel/picproto.htm sells “raw” PIC prototyping boards (buy the PIC, crystal, capacitors, regulator, etc. seperately) for about $10. (It seems that the board + all the parts should run less than $30 but I can’t tell whether it needs a $50 programmer or not).
Square 1 Electronics http://www.zapcom.net/~squareone PIC book Easy PIC’n
``The first and only C++ compiler for PICmicro and Scenix processors” (Shareware $90) ``Pascal-compiler for PICmicro and Scenix micros” ``The SmartBow® Software is a way to easilly create an HTML-document with a set of Virtual Controls (LEDs, buttons, displays etc.) connected to you code running on Microchip®, Scenix® or any other microprocessos.” and other PIC related shareware and postcard-ware. http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/3656/ Pavel Baranov
— Tom Mornini ---------------------------------------------------------- — Parallax, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------ — Makers of really cool PIC development tools & the BASIC Stamps ------ — http://www.parallaxinc.com/ ftp://ftp.parallaxinc.com/pub —
Scenix Semiconductor Inc. http://www.scenix.com/ claims to sell “world’s fastest 8 bit µcontroller” Scenix designed the SX-18 ($3.24 in 1,000 units in 1997 Aug Electronic Design p. 50) and SX-28 ($3.48 in 1,000 units in 1997 Aug Electronic Design p. 50) chips to be pin- and object-code- compatible with the PIC 16C5x series from Microchip, but at 50 MHz (1 instruction per clock, branches 3). Also In-Circuit Programmable, 2028x12bits EEFLASH, 136 Bytes RAM, all outputs sink and source 30 mA, etc.
Parallax http://www.parallaxinc.com/ uses the Scenix chips in a $199 “SX Development System” including 2 SX chips, a board, software, and a manual. Includes ICE-like single-stepping, full-speed emulation, in-circuit programming, etc.
Microchip Technology Inc. 1-888-MCU-MCHP http://www.microchip.com/ produces lots of interesting components:
Produces the PIC “FLASH RISC MCU” PIC microcontrollers (Don Lancaster is enamored with). Some PIC chips have “2-wire In-Circuit Serial Programming(tm)“. (free technical library CD-ROM) KeeLoq code hopping devices Serial EEPROMs QuickASIC (?)
$0.75 each (in 1 000s) 25LC640: 8 pin serial EEPROM, 8 K * 8 bits; 2 MHz clock; 2.5 V to 5.5 V (price from EEPN 1998 July p.17)
The chips that have FLASH program memory ($6.60 in ones from Digi-Key) that can be erased and reprogrammed by plugging a In-Circuit Serial Programming (ICSP) programmer into a 5 pin ICSP socket look pretty cool. Too bad that (as of 1998-08-07) none of the FLASH memory PICs have a PWM peripheral. (Looks like they’re planning some for next year…) [FIXME: move information to http://massmind.org/
see computer_architecture.html for more about CPUs and microcontrollers in general.
PC-104 single-board computers. (I suppose one *could* use them for other purposes).
see ucontrollers for more detailed robot brain info (and alternatives to PC-104 Robot Brains).
see also 2-way infrared data communication
“Self-organization in large populations of mobile robots” thesis by Cem Ünsal 1993 (each chapter as a HTML page: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~unsal/thesis/cemsthesis.html) /* was http://armyant.ee.vt.edu/unsalWWW/cemsthesis.html */
The advantages of a decentralized system … we introduce the Army-ant scenario.
[FIXME: move to “modular robots” ?] (used Matlab) shows that robots can be designed to carry out some task without any central controller — with no direct communication at all. (see also http://home.earthlink.net/~unsal/)
[FIXME: mail Dr. Ali A. Minai http://www.ececs.uc.edu/~aminai/sites.html, Bob McDaniel http://publish.uwo.ca/~mcdaniel/weblinks/spaceeconomy/transport.html and http://www.informatik.uni-bonn.de/~belker/mobots.html and http://www.d.kth.se/~d90-mst/courses/mip/ and give them updated links for the above link and for: ]
related links that refer to this thesis: “Complexity and Artificial Life” by Anders Sandberg http://www.aleph.se/Trans/Tech/Complexity/,
look at: …
http://www.unitrode.com DC motor drive chips audio amp chips
Zagros Electronics (robot parts ?) http://walden.mo.net/~zagros/zagros.htm
robot company http://www.rwii.com
sells tiny RE016-042 motor, 16 mm diameter, 43.5 mm long, maximum continous torque over 5 mNm, efficiency exceeds 80%. Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. http://www.maxonmotor.com
“BEAM, which stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics (amongst others) is a system founded by Mark W. Tilden while at the University of Waterloo (Canada) that allows first time [robot] enthusiasts to get started easily.”
DAV personally is interested in machines that do stuff that humans can not do or would prefer not to do.
Other people try to make androids — machines that look and act as much like humans as possible.
Flying robots, sometimes called UAVs (autonomous unmanned vehicles).
This includes every (?) artificial thing that flies that
perhaps distantly related to 3d_design.html#paper_airplanes
Notre Dame Micro Aerial Vehicle Development Group http://www.nd.edu/~mav/ has links to many other web pages with UAV information.
“Instant Glider—Just add Light Sun-hardened, blow-up wings tested by students this weekend may someday carry a robotic glider through the skies of Mars” May 2, 2003 http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/02may_bigblue.htm BIG BLUE—short for Baseline Inflatable Glider Balloon Launched Unmanned Experiment.
“CarterCopter: a high-speed, low-cost helicopter” http://www.gizmo.com.au/public/News/news.asp?articleid=2504 mentions using technology developed for “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” to make flight safer for manned aircraft.
“Epson develops levitating micro robot” article by Yoshiko Hara, EE Times Dec 1 2003 (9:00 AM) http://www.embedded.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=16401109
TOKYO — Seiko Epson Corp. has developed a micro robot weighing just 8.9 grams that can sort of fly. …
… [wired to] a 3.5V DC power supply … The robot has a lifting power of 13 grams, providing surplus lifting power for an additional battery.
The “Micro Flying Robot” … two contra-rotating propellers powered by four 7x2x1-mm sized ultrasonic motors. The motors were originally developed for wristwatches. … The robot operates at 300 kHz and generates power of 1W per gram. Epson claims this to be the world’s highest power-weight ratio.
Epson developed the robot to demonstrate its homegrown micromechatronics technology. The robot consists of a 2.5 gram control module with two CPUs; a 1.3-gram Bluetooth module; a 1.3-gram sensor unit with a gyro-sensor, an accelerometer and an image sensor; and a 5.1-gram mechanical unit including two contra-rotating propellers, four ultrasonic mortars, a stabilizer and a posture control unit.
… Copyright 2003 © CMP Media LLC
“Next Time, It Can Be Worse” article by Jef Raskin. http://humane.sourceforge.net/unpublished/next_time_can_be_worse.html talks about the historic flight of the Laima … It was the smallest plane to have ever crossed the Atlantic. It was the first unmanned plane of any size to have done so. It was a harbinger of the future of over-ocean meteorological research. but then gives the UAVs a bad reputation by associating them with the possibility that terrorists *might* use them.
“Bush Wants to Ban Spy Plane Tech” article by Noah Shachtman 2002-06-17 http://www.wired.com/news/conflict/0,2100,53207,00.html?tw=wn_story_related
The focus on high-tech terror weapons is part of a major, but largely unnoticed, switch in U.S. national security policy, Pike said, from defending against “probable” threats to defending against “describable” threats, regardless of their likelihood. …
This outlook actually detracts from national defense, turning focus away from small, manageable, no-tech measures that could prevent terrorist attacks, Pike said.
NASA’s Ames Research Center is building a “personal satellite assistant” … The robot is a six-inch sphere inspired by the sparring droid that Luke Skywalker fights in the movie “Star Wars”
unmanned aerial vehicle center http://uavcenter.com/???
Mesicopter Image Gallery http://adg.stanford.edu/mesicopter/imageArchive/ very small helicopters, the size of a human thumb.
This inch-long helicopter made its maiden flight yesterday in Mainz, Germany … the helicopter weighs one-hundredth of an ounce … September 4, 1996 http://www.eskimo.com/~ghawk/minihelicopter.htm
 History of Human Powered Ornithopter No one has never succeeded in flight of Human Powered Ornithopter http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/kazuho/historye.htm http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/kazuho/index-e.htm (But these people are seriously building what they believe to be the first ever HPO).
The University of Southern California Autonomous Flying Vehicle Project http://www-robotics.usc.edu/~avatar/afv_concept.html AFV: Autonomous Flying Vehicle
Aerial Robotics http://amoras.2y.net/robotics/aerial/ Has 4 props (all pointed straight up). I think this is the minimum number needed to be able to land reasonably gracefully when 1 prop fails. (turn off opposite prop, use 2 remaining props to land straight down). DAV: Perhaps even more props would be interesting — — then you could steer and fly reasonably normally when 1 prop fails.
Civilian UAVs Face Challenges http://robots.net/article/504.html What, if any, are the legal limits to flying a UAV in the US ?
``smart skin” for aircraft wings http://ho.seas.ucla.edu/news_us.html
Robofly http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20020610/robofly.html… they’re hoping it will be airborne by 2004. When it does take flight it’ll likely be the smallest autonomous flying robot. … The little critters are expected to cost $10 a pop when they become available!
— http://robots.net/article/510.html(weighing 0.1 gram)
``How Spy Flies Will Work” article by Kevin Bonsor http://www.howstuffworks.com/spy-fly2.htm talks about a couple of robots that (are expected to) fly by flapping their wings. ``Robert Michelson … Entomopter” ``micro air vehicles (MAVs)” ``unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)” ``Michael Dickinson … Micromechanical Flying Insect (MFI) Project”
http://www.execpc.com/~dbeck/solar.html Oklahoma State University Solar Plane “Helios” School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
http://www.draganfly.com/“indoor airships and helicopters you can fly.” Pretty cool.
the smart balloon http://www.gpsworld.com/1098/1098column.html“to provide critical protection from the elements, we are considering changing the transponder design to enable it to fit inside the balloon shell.”
“Historic Crossing: An Unmanned Aircraft’s Atlantic Flight” article by Tad McGeer (The Insitu Group) and Juris Vagners (University of Washington) http://www.gpsworld.com/0699/0699feat.html
We are particularly interested in using small aircraft to improve weather forecasting. …
… The powerplant, a highly modified model-aircraft engine with one little 20-cubic-centimeter cylinder, was really no more reliable than the Vimy’s early V-12s …
An Aerosonde’s Anatomy. Each of these $25,000 craft weighs 29 pounds and has a 9-foot wingspan … Inside each Aerosonde’s graphite/ honeycomb shell … equipment, including a … GPS receiver, with its antenna mounted in the aircraft’s right wing. For communication with the ground, each craft carries a UHF modem with a dipole antenna mounted on the left side of the tail section.
The Aerosonde has two onboard computers. The main computer handles various tasks, including communications, flight control, and GPS processing, while the second computer conducts meteorological calculations for temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind. Each computer uses a 16-Mhz, 32-bit microcontroller. Power is supplied by an engine-driven AC generator.
Flight control sensors include pitch- and yaw-rate gyroscopes and transducers for dynamic (pitot) and barometric (static) pressure. Calculations are done at 5Hz and command model-aircraft servos controlling the throttle and aerodynamic surfaces — flaps, ailerons, and “ruddervators” on the tail.
… Aerosondes cruise at about 50 knots …
In the future, we will be able to track the craft over water using such emerging satellite-communications systems as Iridium and Orbcomm. … two-way relay …
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Apparently biologists Michael Dickinson and Sanjay Sane of the University of California, Berkeley, and Fritz-Olaf Lehmann of the University of Würtzburg are developing a theory of insect flight and applying it to the development of ultraminiature flying machines, “mechanical insects”.
“Honey, I shrunk the plane” article by Stephen J. Mraz, editor of Machine Design magazine http://www.machinedesign.com/ 1998-10-08 “Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) … the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research on micro air vehicles (MAVs) one-time-use aircraft that … weigh less than 4 oz., and cost less than $ 1 000. … Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) In Rockville, MD … Hovering aircraft need about twice the power-to-weight ratio as fixed-wing flight. … AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, CA … IGR Enterprises Inc. in Beachwood OH is … building an MAV fuel cell that weighs less than 30 gm and produces 20 W for about an hour. … Researchers at MIT’s Gas Turbine Lab … are … trying to shrink jet engines to the size of shirt buttons. … MEMS fabricated … Meanwhile engineers at M-Dot Inc., Phoenix, are working on an MAV turbojet roughly the size of a chicken egg. It weighs 78 gm … … Student-built MAVs … at the University of Florida’s first MAV Flyoff”
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/dragon/index.html The Dragon unmanned aerial vehicle has been developed by Mantra BAe Dynamics for airborne jamming of enemy radio tactical communications.
the Predator medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) http://www.dote.osd.mil/reports/FY95/predator.html Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flies above USS Carl Vinson http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/34995_951205-N-3149J-003.html
Seamos is the vertical take-off (VTOL) sea reconnaissance and location drone being developed by Dornier GmbH. Seamos is planned to enter service in 2005. http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/seamos/index.html
CAMCOPTER™ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System http://www.schiebel.com/industries/camcopter.htm
“micro” air vehicles (µAV) http://avdil.gtri.gatech.edu/RCM/RCM/Entomopter/EntomopterProject.html
autonomous glidersonde http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/glidersonde/Development.html to collect high-altitude meteorological (weather) data
Aerocam http://www.pcug.org.au/~mgriffin/aerocam.htm is an airborne video system developed to transmit live video pictures from a model aircraft to the ground.
Solar Solitude http://www.execpc.com/~dbeck/solar.html a completely solar-powered aircraft
A Solar Plane Project by Mike Garton http://www.cnde.iastate.edu/staff/mgarton/solarplane.html using flexible solar cells — less power/area than single-crystal silicon sells, but also less mass/area. (DAV: how does the power/mass ratio compare ?)
R/C Flying - Lessons Learned http://rampages.onramp.net/~petah/Lessons.htm
The Mechanical Toys Page http://www.nfra.nl/~mgoris/mechtoys/
Flapping wings! Introduction to ornithopters http://home.earthlink.net/~pazuzu/orn.html
Human Powered Ornithopter http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/kazuho/index-e.htm
NASA Pathfinder http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/Pathfinder/ a remotely controlled, solar-powered flying wing. http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Projects/erast/Projects/Pathfinder/pathfinder.html
Search AltaVista for “orthinopter” http://www.altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&text=yes&kl=XX&q=ornithopter&act=search
from “Micro Planes” article by Jerome Greer Chandler in Popular Science 1998 Jan MAVs (Micro Air Vehicles) “no larger than 6 inches across” “aerospace entrepreneur Steve Morris … president of Palo Alto-based MLB Co.” “David A. Jenkins, an associate engineer at the University of Florida’s department of aerospace engineering” “Jenkins and two other scientists at the University of Florida, Wei Shyy and Richard W. Smith, are working on an adaptive airfoil” “Robert J. Englar, principal research engineer of the Aerospace & Transportation Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. … Englar thinks circulation control will work even better on MAVs. “If you do this correctly,” he says, “you can essentially eliminate the normal exhaust pipes and put all the jet’s air out through the wings.” The airfoil becomes more than merely a lifting surface. It becomes a propulsion device.” “Robert C. Michelson, manager for battlefield robotics and unmanned vehicles at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is working on a radically new kind of MAV, a reciprocating chemical muscle multimode Entomopter. The 4-inch long vehicle looks more like a mayfly than an aircraft. … The Entomopter’s flapping wings and scurrying legs … are powered by … a reciprocating chemical muscle, or RCM. … before the RCM can actually take flight, it must first be scaled down to bug size.” ” “The biggest challenge we need to overcome is propulsion,” says William R. Davis of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. One of the fathers of MAV research, Davis says the problem lies in devising a propulsion system that can provide enough power without adding too much weight.” “The California-based company AeroVironment … Its products include … the Pathfinder aircraft — which uses solar power for high-altitude, long-endurance flight. Still, AeroVironment’s cutting-edge MAVs are able to stay aloft for a maximum of about 16 minutes at a time. The company wants its MAVs to be able to fly for up to an hour, not necessarily round-trip. … Matthew T. Keennon, a senior electromechanical engineer who heads AeroVironment’s MAV research. …” “Morris’ 18-inch-wingspan Bat burns standard model-aircraft fuel — a mixture of alcohol, oils, and nitro-methane. … Somewhere between the prosaic internal combustion engine and the exotic chemical muscle lies another potential propulsion system for MAVs: a hydrogen-powered jet turbine. Alan Epstein, director of MIT’s Gas Turbine Laboratory, is working on a silicon carbide engine that is only 0.4 inches in diameter and 0.12 inches thick, yet produces 10 to 20 watts of power. Epstein’s team has already built a microscale combustor that works, but the engine’s compressor, generator, and bearings still must come down in size. The researchers hope to have a complete micro engine running within 3 years.” “Miniature cameras could act both as navigational aids and sensors. At MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, a team led by William R. Davis is developing a camera that would weigh less than a tenth of an ounce. … 1,000 by 1,000 pixels …” “Morris won the University of Florida’s first Micro-Aerial Vehicle Flyoff last spring”
lots of links to Radio Control Model websites http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/websites/rc2.htm ornithopters !
LASER propulsion http://hightech.cplaza.or.jp/1998/19980126/19980130/02/emain.htm has photographs of a Lightcraft prototype that, in tests, reached the altitude of 51 feet.
Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics Team http://www.cad.gatech.edu/~gtar/ Autonomous “self-flying” robotic helicopter. Has good schematics and everything ! “The mission of the Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics team is to build a search and retrieve, fully autonomous aerial vehicle for the International Aerial Robotics Competition http://avdil.gtri.gatech.edu/AUVS/IARCLaunchPoint.html.”
``European Conference Focuses On UAV Technologies” Jun 13, 2002 http://www.spacedaily.com/news/uav-02o.html
``US Seeks To Block Spread Of Unpiloted Aircraft Technologies” article by Charles Hoskinson June 11, 2002 http://www.spacedaily.com/news/uav-02n.html points to several other articles [FIXME: read]
world’s smallest solar-powered airplane built by Dr. Sieghard Dienlin http://home.rhein-zeitung.de/~sieghard.dienlin/(I think the solar cells are directly connected to the motor — not RC, not really intelligent either)
robot butterfly http://www.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/| http://www.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index-j.html[many cool robots are displayed on the root page, but none of the links to more detail seem to work] /* was http://scorpio.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/kameya/soturon-e.html http://www.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/95/kameya/robomec/paper-e.html http://www.leopard.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/95/kameya/rsj/paper-e.html */
I think it’s kinda cool that NASA links to my list of flying robots http://w2.nasatech.com/WWWboard/messages/761.html.
see also 3d_design.html#submarine
``Navy accelerates robot submarine plans” article 2002-03-17 ``miniature autonomous underwater vehicles” robot submarines mentions Chuck Pell and Gordon Caudle at Nekton Research http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/03/17/robot.submarines.ap/index.html``Mine-hunting underwater drones are expected to begin operating from a submarine by December 2004. ” `` The Central Intelligence Agency caused a stir in military circles when it used armed Predators to launch deadly airstrikes in Afghanistan last fall, the first drone-authored strikes in U.S. combat history. ”
http://dmoz.org/Recreation/Models/Boats_and_Ships/RC/Power/ radio control boats
http://dmoz.org/Recreation/Boating/Boatbuilding/ building boats and submarines
``SCIENTISTS CREATE ROBO-FISH CYBORG USING A LAMPREY’S BRAIN … NO, REALLY” article By Tom Henderson http://www.smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm?document_id=1489``Dr. Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi and his fellow researchers at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Genoa in Italy use the brain stem and part of the spinal cord of a lamprey to control a wheeled robot. … All that remains of the fish in the lab is a thin slice of neural matter a little more than a centimeter long, kept alive in a solution rich in sodium, potassium, magnesium and glucose. … researcher, Karen Fleming … This is high tech done on the cheap. … The robot is stabilized by several pieces of fishing line attached to it from above, strung through pulleys made of Legos that are attached to what looks like pieces of an Erector Set. Dangling from the lines are washers, nuts and bolts added for extra weight and tension. … Animal-machine cyborgs are becoming reality at research institutions around the world … ” [people that scare me ? prosthetics ?]
How to Build a Submarine … for under $400.00 http://www.submarine.freehosting.net/(apparently radio controlled ?)
`` a boat building method using steel wires covered with a sand and cement plaster, patented in 1855 by the French… Ferciment boats built before 1855 are still in existence and at least one is still afloat. … Ferro-cement, often referred to as “concrete”. It is the cheapest and easiest form of construction for boats over 25 ft. And apart from strip-plank composite construction, it is the only viable material for large round-bilge boats within the amateur capability, without the requirements of special tools or a weather-proof building. ”
See also servo. Servo motors have built-in electronics that make them simpler/easier/cheaper to use than trying to interface directly to a motor.
PID algorithms, PID tuning techniques, and related things.
[FIXME: move to massmind ?]
H bridge circuits and H bridge chips [FIXME: more on schematic.html ?]
Dave Dilatush \<dilatush at HOME.COM> on 2001-04-25 04:47:17 PM Please respond to pic microcontroller discussion list \<PICLIST at MITVMA.MIT.EDU> To: PICLIST at MITVMA.MIT.EDU cc: (bcc: David Cary/TULSA/BRUNSWICKOUTDOOR) Subject: Re: [EE]: RMS vs Average voltage? … OK, well for what it’s worth, here are my PID bookmarks:
http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/robotics-faq/18.html#18.10 L298H Dual H Bridge motor control chip approximately $7.99
The L293D, motor driver on a chip, is an SGS-Thomson part and is second sourced by Unitrode. In spite of its utility it is not readily available in small quantities. This part is a dual full H-bridge that can drive motors up to 0.6A.
The significance of the ‘D’ in L293D is that it is diode protected. There is a reverse biased diode that shunts the reverse EMF from a motor to the V+ supply. The L293B doesn’t have this diode so it must be provided externally.
Remote Control Motor Driver http://www.zetex.com/3.0/appnotes/design/dn19.pdf standard H bridge; explains how the TO92 style ZTX869 and ZTX968 transistors can drives a motor at 40 W continuous (5 A continuous rating * 12 V …)
servo motor information
servo motor protocol: It’s a digital 5V protocol. 2 ms lo is full forward. 1.5 ms lo is neutral. 1 ms lo is full reverse. The rest of the period it is high. Servos and speed controllers should not care exactly how long the period is. Typical R/C receivers send a new pulse every 16 ms; 20 ms seems almost as common. There is a 3 pin plug, carrying GND, +5V, and the data line (which switches between GND and +5V). Unfortunately, the plug is not standardized. Plugs should be keyed so that they only plug in the right way.
Subject: Re: [Q] How to convert analog to PWM for servos? From: Byron A Jeff \<byron at cc.gatech.edu> Date: 13 Jan 1996 03:51:17 GMT
In article \30F6E1BB.2E63@ucsd.edu\, Nathan Parker wrote:
Does anyone know of a simple circuit to convert a 0 -> 5v analog signal to the 1 -> 2ms pulse width modulation required (one pulse every 20ms or so) for RC servos? I’m interested in connecting something like a pot-joystick to a couple of these servos.
A PIC 16C71 microcontroller from Microchip would probably do a very good job. It’s an 18 pin part with EPROM, 36 bytes of RAM, and 4 channel A/D converter along with a 8 bit timer with pre-scaler.
So it could do the job all by itself.
It’s serially programmable and there are several inexpensive programmers available. You can check out Microchip’s web page at
Hope this helps,
Another random extraction from the mental bit stream of… Byron A. Jeff - PhD student operating in parallel - And Using Linux! Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA 30332
Subject: Re: [Q] How to convert analog to PWM for servos? From: Robert Hazen rhazen at eskimo.com Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 22:48:31 GMT
Nathan Parker (ngparker at ucsd.edu) wrote: : Does anyone know of a simple circuit to convert a 0 -> 5v : analog signal to the 1 -> 2ms pulse width modulation required : (one pulse every 20ms or so) for RC servos? I’m interested : in connecting something like a pot-joystick to a couple of : these servos.
Run the analog signal into on input of a comparitor and connect a triangle generator to the other input. You can probably get by with a free-running oscillator connected to a simple RC to give an approximation of a crude approximation of a triangle. (It’ll be exponential, but that ought to be ok.) Bear in mind, depending on the values you pick, you can run the circuit lock-to-lock, that is always high or always low. You’ll need to select values and perhaps divide down the 5V so you output always stays in the duty cycle you want.
Subject: Re: [Q] How to convert analog to PWM for servos? From: CC015012 at brownvm.brown.edu (john 015) Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 11:52:46 EST
In article \30F6E1BB.2E63@ucsd.edu\, Nathan Parker said:
Does anyone know of a simple circuit to convert a 0 -> 5v analog signal to the 1 -> 2ms pulse width modulation required (one pulse every 20ms or so) for RC servos? I’m interested in connecting something like a pot-joystick to a couple of these servos.
Generate a triangle wave (555, CMOS Schmitt, op-amp [using positive feedback]) with the right freqency. Compare this voltage with a variable voltage and voila.
Subject: [Q] How to convert analog to PWM for servos? From: Nathan Parker Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 14:33:31 -0800
Does anyone know of a simple circuit to convert a 0 -> 5v analog signal to the 1 -> 2ms pulse width modulation required (one pulse every 20ms or so) for RC servos? I’m interested in connecting something like a pot-joystick to a couple of these servos.
— Nathan Parker
Subject: Re: [Q] How to convert analog to PWM for servos? From: Kipp Bradford kib at vegas.cs.brown.edu Date: 13 Jan 1996 22:47:42 GMT
I think that the easiest way is to use a 556 timer (two 555 timers). The first timer is set up to generate your pulse train at a given frequency. (something like 50 Hz for servos) The second 555 is a one shot triggered by the first. The width of the one-shot depends on the analog input voltage
The whole circuit will cost less than $1.00…
Generate a triangle wave (555, CMOS Schmitt, op-amp [using positive feedback]) with the right freqency. Compare this voltage with a variable voltage and voila.
Medo http://www.medousa.com/ seems to have a linear motor in their air pumps (only 1 moving part ?)
Bayside Motion Group http://www.bmgnet.com/BMGHome.nsf sells linear motors.
Anorad http://www.anorad.industry.net/ sells linear motors
Northern Magnetics, Inc. http://www.normag.com/ manufactures linear motors (some used for VLSI silicon wafer handling)
Anorad Corporation http://www.industry.net/c/mn/03tvt linear motors ???
[FIXME: gather other fuzzy logic links here.] [Perhaps merge with PID, since many applications can use either PID or fuzzy logic, and the process of “tuning” is somewhate similar between them]
1% resistor color codes
Newsgroups: sci.electronics From: Dan Carson \<dbc at tc.fluke.COM> Subject: Re: The number 47 Organization: Fluke Corporation, Everett, WA Date: Tue, 21 Mar 1995 03:27:20 GMT Lines: 63
If you don’t have something like this taped to the wall, you should:
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— Dan Carson Senior Staff Chief Principal Analog Design King (I didn’t get the raise, but I got the promotion!) dbc at tc.fluke.COM Fluke Corporation Everett, WA
-2 silver -1 gold 0 black 1 brown 2 red 3 orange 4 yellow 5 green 6 blue 7 violet 8 gray 9 white
Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts, But Vodka Goes Well Bright Boys Rave Over Young Girls But Veto Getting Wed Bad Boys Rape OUR Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly For Gold And Silver.
From: Michael Covington \<mcovingt at ai.uga.edu> Newsgroups: sci.electronics Subject: Re: Resistor Color Code Mnemonics Date: 21 Jul 1995 09:16:38 GMT Organization: University of Georgia, Athens Lines: 20 X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2]
Most of the colors are in the same order as in the spectrum.
black \ brown - color of increasing temperature red / \ orange \ yellow \ green | Spectrum, in conventional ROYGBV order blue / violet / gray — Almost white (which it’s next to) white — Opposite of the other end, which was black
So even without funny phrases, the colors are in a memorable sequence.
— Michael A. Covington http://www.ai.uga.edu/faculty/covington/ Artificial Intelligence Center
The University of Georgia Unless specifically indicated, I am Athens, GA 30602-7415 U.S.A. not speaking for the University.
some sensors that might be interesting to put on a robot.
battery info batteries
It seems like lots of people spend a lot of time analyzing batteries. If we could share this information, it would save a lot of time.
“Does refrigeration prolong battery life ?” article in 1997 Consumer Reports p. 26
“Alkaline batteries … Yes, cold storage has kept the batteries fresher — but not by much. … AA cells … at room temperature, retaining more than 96 percent of their charge after 2.5 years. The refrigerated C and D cells showed only about a 10 percent greater charge than those stored at room temperature after the same time span.”
“Left unused, nicad batteries [rechargeables] lose about 1 percent of their charge each day”
“Supposedly, if nicad batteries are recharged before they’re completely exhausted, a “memory effect” can stunt their capacity. We didn’t see that in our tests.”
“Most dry-cell batteries have no mercury and can be discarded safely … Alkaline batteries … Heavy-duty batteries … Lithium batteries … but Nicad batteries contain Cadmium, a toxic metal … for the nearest drop-off point, contact the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp., a nonprofit company … phone: 1-800-8-BATTERY. Web site: http://www.rbrc.com/.”
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/electronics/alkaline_batteries/ argues that ``it’s not as important which batteries you have, as long as you have enough batteries.”
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Wearable-HOWTO-5.html points to the most popular websites for battery information.
21 October 2002 Tiny Atomic Battery Developed http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20020920203247data_trunc_sys.shtml
Watch Battery Types and Construction http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/accbatcc.htm has a nice energy density graph and voltage discharge charactistic graph for Zinc air, silver, and alkaline batteries
``IEEE starts laptop battery standard to meet future power demand in portable computers” http://standards.ieee.org/announcements/p1625lapbat.html
…IEEE P1625 (TM), “Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computers,” will help guide how battery systems are developed to support mobile computing applications.
The standard is being created by the IEEE P1625 Laptop Battery Working Group … A draft standard should be ready for final balloting in May 2003.
``Michael Bluejay’s Battery Guide. Which types of batteries last longest? Which are the best value? What kind of charger should you get? Find the answers here.” http://michaelbluejay.com/batteries.html
“A NiCad Battery FAQ (33,866 bytes) http://www.vancouver-webpages.com/pub/peter/idx_faq.html discusses the charactristics of NiCad batteries, and dispels the “NiCad Memory” myth.”
http://www.taygeta.com/misc/batteries.html compares a (new) 9 V alkaline battery and a (freshly recharged) “9” V NiCad battery at 72 mA.
Panasonic battery specs: http://panasonic.com/industrial_oem/battery/battery_oem/chem/nicmet/nicmet.htm
[FIXME: move items into category above, or delete irrelevant items]
REXIS (Real-time EXecutive for Intelligent Systems) is a small multi-tasking preemtive real-time executive … distributed as shareware … requirements: an ANSI C HC11 cross compiler and a HC11 target with at least 24K of RAM … for more info, contact Richard Man P.O.Box 6 North Chelmsford, MA 01863
History of electric scooters: https://www.carcovers.com/resources/a-history-of-electric-scooters/
All Electronics Corporation http://www.allcorp.com/ Lots of low-cost surplus electronics components
Circuit Specialists Inc. http://www.cir.com/ “DMM … measures … DCV … DCA… ACV … Resistance … $19.00 any quantity” lots of low-cost surplus electronics components; CCD camera; free catalog 1.800.811.5203 ext. 5
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. http://www.wiley.com/ Book publisher; lots of electronics and computer-related books.
Electronics Now magazine Popular Electronics magazine
Poptronix online electronics magazine http://www.poptronix.com/ (“will feature complete text and artwork of selected articles from both Electronics Now and Popular Electronics“)
Linear Technology Corporation http://www.linear.com/… http://www.linear-tech.com/… sells ADCs and other chips. In 1998, LTC claimed that “The LTC1604 is the fastest monolithic 16-bit sampling ADC in the industry … 3 us total conversion time … 333 Ksps … 5 MHz full power bandwidth … $23.50 each in 1000-piece quantities”
nice D/As and A/Ds Burr Brown http://www.burr-brown.com/$8.15 (in 1 000s) ADS1213 (EDN 1997-09-01 p. 25) delta-sigma 4 analog differential inputs multiplexed ADC; SPI compatible synchronous serial interface; 2-wire mode; effective resolution of 16 bits at 1 KHz sample rate; effective resolution of 22 bits at 10 Hz sample rate.
$??? OPA594 (8 A continuous, 10 A Peak, 60 V supply) thermally protected, “a logic output signal on the shutdown pin tells you if thermal shutdown has occurred” unfortunately no price
$3.98 (in 1 000 s) ADS7844 (ADC, 12 bit, up to 200 KSamples/s, 8 channel single-ended or 4 channel differential input, … uses 3 mW from a a single 2.7 V to 5 V supply) serial interface … http://www.burr-brown.com/
$6.95 (in 1 000 s) PCM3002 and PCM3003 (20 bit stereo audio codecs) Burr-Brown http://www.burr-brown.com/(1998-05)
$3.60 (in 1 000 s) DRV102 (high-side PWM driver) $3.60 (in 1 000 s) DRV101 (low-side PWM driver) load current: 2 A, supply voltages: 9 to 60 V, internal 24 KHz oscillator, adjustable (with external cap) initial full-on start-up time; adjustable (with external resistor or voltage controlled) PWM duty cycle. Digital error flag signals when load current is too high, too low, or thermal shutdown has occured. Surface-mount and TO-220 versions. Burr Brown http://www.burr-brown.com/(price in 1998-12-01 Electronic Design)
$6.22 (in 1 000 s) TLC5618 (EE Times (http://www.eet.com) 1997 Nov 10 p. 69) programmable, dual, serial input voltage-output 12-bit DAC, in 8-pin SOIC package (*CS, SCLK, Din, Vcc, Refin, GND, OutputA, OutputB). 1.21 MHz update rate (at 20 MHz clock). http://www.ti.com/sc/5048 ; programmable settling times of 2.5 us (8mW) and 12.5 us (3mW) and power-down mode (1 uA); 5 V single-supply operation.
$9.95 TMS320C32 40MHz floating point DSP TI Texas Instruments http://www.ti.com/sc/docs/dsps/dsphome.htm(price on web site 1998-08-13)
$?? TMS320C24x has interesting features useful for robots: On-chip A/D Conversion, On-chip Control Area Networking (CAN) Module, High resolution PWM TI Texas Instruments http://www.ti.com/sc/docs/dsps/dcs/c24xblk.htm
(from article “Robots take over the world” by Dr. Steve O’Neil \<steveo at micromo.com> of Micro Mo Electronics, Inc. in designfax 1997 March p. 65 )
National Semiconductor http://www.national.com/design/
Electronics Information Online http://www.eio.com/ — Surplus electronics
HSC Electronic Supply http://www.halted.com/ “the techno-tinkerer’s premier high-tech shopping place” has a “Gizmo of the week” new and surplus
W.M.Berg, Inc. http://www.wmberg.com gears, gear boxes, fasteners, etc.
Maxon Precision Motors http://www.maxonmotor.com/
MicroMo Electronics tiny motors. http://www.micromo.com Performance Motion Devices motion control ICs http://www.pmdcorp.com Infranor, Inc. servomotors http://infranor.com HD Systems how do their “harmonic drive” gearheads work ? http://www.hdsystemsinc.com
http://www.emags.com/epr/electron/issue2/weblnk.htm lots of electronics and robotic links
From: Mike Halloran, 71601,546 To: Adam Fritzler, 73053,3213 Topic: PWM Msg #24648 Section: Computer Hardware  Forum: Eng. Automation Date: Tue, 1994 May 31, 22:17:02
You can run stepper motor drivers directly from the PC parallel port with pretty simple code, provided that the PC doesn’t have to do much else at the same time. In assembler, the core code is just a few lines, to increment and clip an index, use the index to look up a four bit pattern from a 4 position table, and write the pattern to the port. That code would run as an isr, pointed at by a timer interrupt. The isr changes the timer argument to ramp the motor, and vectors to a null return to stop it.
Using a PWM bitstream and a S/P converter seems too bizarre for me. You can buy slightly intelligent stepper controllers that need only step clocks and direction inputs. You can buy somewhat more intelligent stepper controllers that can ramp the motor up and down and read sensors to stop it. One such, the CY525 from Cybernetic Micro Systems, can be paired with their CY232 interface chip to accept high level step commands in ASCII over the serial port.
Okay, you could use the same timer isr and lookup table as above to periodically write data out to the serial port, and then hang a s/p converter (not a shift register) on the other end of the cable. I’d be more inclined to put a cheap microcontroller, like a PIC, out there near the motor to provide some local intelligence, and timing unaffected by the PC’s interrupts.
-Mike- [12:39a Wed 01-JUN-1994] from Miami, FL using Tapcis & Recon.
Techno-Sommer Automatic http://www.techno-sommer.com/ pneumatic components for pick-and-place and other robots.
“Borrowing a cue from the aerospace industry, the manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks and related equipment are switching to data bus systems to transmit information from sensors … to the gauge cluster … The J1708/J1587 protocols set down by the Society of Automotive Engineers … … Wiring is via simple RS-485 twisted pair lines and Packard quick connects. …
BIOMIMETIC ROBOTICS ftp://neurobotics.bu.edu/pub/biomimetic
FARO Technologies http://www.faro.com/ FaroArm(r) articulated measuring arm.
Velmex http://www.velmex.com/ X-Y Tables
>Go to http://www.lewistown.net/, the select ‘Trailhead Project’ and then on
the right column, ‘Crick Data’ and you will get the sensor readings last taken (later they will set up automatic every hour readings) whereever you are in the world. …
So 100% of every word spoken in the 20 session hours of the 2 days, was taped, and will be converted by Dragon Speaking Naturally software into ASCII text, all of which will be, when done, put on our wireless.oldcolo.com and the emerging wireless web site at GWU.
PacTec http://www.pactecenclosures.com/ plastic enclosures
Ocean Optics http://www.OceanOptics.com/ has a nifty handheld “Fiber Optic Spectrometer”. (I hear that Neumatics has a even smaller spectrometer).
Causal Systems http://www.causal.on.net/ “Active Noise and Vibration Control”
LPKF CAD CAM Systems Inc. http://www.lpkfcadcam.com/ Beaverton, OR. $9990 desktop router-like “system” that produces pc boards.
T-Tech, Inc. http://www.t-tech.com/ desktop router-like “system” that produces pc boards.
B&K Precision http://www.bkprecision.com/ $179 handheld digital-display LCR multimeter
Tierra http://alife.santafe.edu/alife/software/tierra.html artificial life simulator (ALife) http://www.hip.atr.co.jp/~ray/tierra/tierra.html Artifical Life online at the Santa Fe Institute http://alife.santafe.edu/
“There really isn’t much more to contemporary electronics besides computers and communications.” — Barrie Gilbert , 1998-06-22 DAV: meta-level: electrical engineering is in 2 parts (?): small-signal electrical stuff (electronics), vs. high-power and/or high-current electrical stuff (motor/generators and high-power transmission lines)
Peter H. Anderson (KZ3K), Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering Morgan State University (MD) http://www.phanderson.com//* was http://www.access.digex.net/~pha/*/ lots of good info on controlling things (“Embedded Processor Control”), includes “Use of a PC Parallel Printer Port for Control and Data Acquisition”, The Parallax “Stamps in Class Program”, “Interfacing with 1, 2, 3 and 4 Wire Serial Devices”, “68HC11 Assembly Language Programming”, “Microchip PIC”, 1200 Baud half duplex Infrared communication with a PIC at distances of two meters (38.4 kHz carrier) (much simpler than IrDA or TV remote controls), “C Programming” ( focused on TurboC, although the ftime(), complex and matrix algebra routines look pretty portable ), “Interfacing with Optrex LCD Panels” http://www.phanderson.com/printer/lcd/lcd.html, “Serial “SONAR” Timers for PC and BASIC Stamp”, “Engineering Ethics”
Dallas Semiconductor http://www.dalsemi.com/ has lots of interesting chips — — $6.70 each (in 1 000s) DS4201 stereo 16-bit audio DAC includes a USB transciever.
Xicor Inc. http://www.xicor.com/ sells some interesting devices, including the
$2.45 X9410 dual EEPOT: each pot consists of an array of 63 resistors in series; by sending a serial command, the wiper pin can be switched to any one of the 64 resistor taps.
Isotek Corporation http://www.isotekcorp.com/ sells precision current-sensing resistors.
Geotest http://www.geotestinc.com/ claims to sell the world’s fastest Digital I/O board:
$?? GT25-DIO 50 MHz, 32 digital I/O pins, 16 Kbit to 1 Mbit memory behind each pin. (appears to be a 16-bit ISA card)
DGH Corporation http://www.dghcorp.com/ “A computer at every sensor” sells cute little analog-input boxes that mount right on the sensor, that have RS-232 or RS-485 serial communications port digital output “in engineering units”. (some versions have analog output or digital I/O).
L. J. Kamm http://www.ljkamm.com/ADNC1 wrote Designing Cost Efficient Mechanisms 1990 “No charge to students; I like to help.”
http://www.osa.com.au/~cjh/electronics/ some interesting (unfinished) robotics projects. “64 channel piezo to MIDI board based on the 68HC11 ”
Marlin P. Jones & Assoc. Inc. http://www.mpja.com/ Industrial, Commercial and Educational Electronics
Lots of nifty surplus (low-cost!) stuff useful for robotics.
PC Gadgets http://www.pcgadgets.com/(Almonte, Ontario, Canada) “Our number one priority has always been to have fun and we strive to make sure that our customers are as happy with our products as we are developing them. ”
Chris Hillman: Animatronics, Robotics, & SPFX http://members.aol.com/robotweb/ good sense of humor; lots of links to robotwars competitions (radio control and autonomous). /* was http://members.aol.com/C40179/HOME.html*/
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) http://www.usfirst.org/ sponsors robotics competitions
ROBOT Science & Technology Magazine’s Online Supplement for Educators, Students, Hobbyists & Enthusiasts http://www.robotmag.com/
Other pages full of cool robot links:
Tower Hobbies http://www.towerhobbies.com/ has the lowest price on Electronic Speed Controls (ESC) and R/C servo motors that I’ve found. (distributor) Has some good information under “R/C Web Directory rcweb”.
Hobby Shack, Inc. http://www.hobbyshack.com/ lots of R/C stuff. (distributor)
Is it true that Graymark is now http://www.labvolt.com/ ? What happened to all their cool toy robots ?
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Harris Semiconductor http://www.semi.harris.com/
International Rectifier switching_power.html#irf Lots of components and tips for robust automotive electronics — — just the sorts of things I need in a robot. ( 900 V transistors ! wow !)
$?? Si4720CY appears to be a dual high-side nFET with integrated high-side driver … with the high-side drive signal also outside. Temic Semiconductor
MOSFET transistors … $0.59 FDR4410 (SuperSOT-8) Rds(on)=13 mOhm; thermal resistance=20 C/W from Fairchild Semiconductor http://www.fairchildsemi.com/offer/dpst/4410… http://www.semi.harris.com/ultrafet/
Maxim Integrated Products http://www.maxim-ic.com/ linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits. (Beaverton, Oregon)
http://www.zagi.com/$ 45.00 + 7.00 Shipping. Zagi-THL Thermal / Handlaunch glider. 48 inch Wing Span, ~ 11 ounces, including receiver and servos.
http://www.robotic.com/“we sell NO products or services, we only provide robot news :-)”
the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Robotics Special Interest Group (SIG) of Queensland, Australia. http://www-sqi.cit.gu.edu.au/~tracy/acs_sig/
FerretTronics http://www.busprod.com/ferrettronics/ has a “Step by Step Guide for Building a Robot” in excruciating detail. Controlled by a serial port; instructions for connecting the robot’s serial port to the serial port on a HP calculator (!), a Mac, or a PC.
Helical Products Company, Inc. http://www.heli-cal.com/ has a clever family of parts, all machined out of a single piece of material (many different metals, Delrin plastic, etc.) (very rugged) (no lubrication necessary), that do the job that would otherwise require several parts, rotating joints, lubrication, etc. Clever implementation of “do more with less”. Their web pages also have a really cool “Solved Application Stories” http://www.heli-cal.com/HTML/FlxFacts/flexdirectory.htm.
“It is natural when an application has been solved in the field to go to the original manufacturer to offer our solution, however, they were not interested.”
— http://www.heli-cal.com/HTML/FlxFacts/FFacts44.htm sounds like a a “not invented here” syndrome story worthy of Scott Adams.
Roland PC Tool Box http://www.pctoolbox.com/“Desktop digitized scanning and modeling”. Very close to Don Lancaster’s “Santa Claus Box”.
Geofox-One, http://www.geofox.com/dnplanet.php a handheld personal digital assistant.
Jensen Tools http://www.jensentools.com/ soldering irons, lots of nifty tools.
http://www.jdr.com/ JDR Microdevices computer peripherals, some simple robot kits, etc.
Craig Maynard http://members.home.net/cybug/ includes Dr. Whyrd E. Bitbuckets School of Mad Robot Design. and sells several interesting kits (including the “cybug” solar-powered robot) Tarun Tuli http://cantronics.rzsoft.com/cybug.htm also sells “cybug” kits
“Floppy” the Robot http://www.ohmslaw.com/robot.htm“Build your own Robot for almost Free…” [FIXME:]
The Art of Motion Control http://www.iaxs.net/~bshapiro/ An artist builds a CNC machine, creates art with it.
“the mechanical gal” http://www.engsoc.carleton.ca/~tash/fourth.html
Comp.Robotics http://www.dejanews.com/[ST_chan=cpu]/bg.xp?level=comp.robotics newsgroups
The Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Research at Case Western Reserve http://dora.eeap.cwru.edu/(the CAISR lab at CWRU) Bio-Robotics Lab http://biorobots.cwru.edu/(Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory) at Case Western Reserve University
http://telerobotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/welch/other-robotics.html Link page to lots of other robots
ROBOT WARS http://www.robotwars.com/
Link page to lots of other robots http://www.yahoo.com/Science/Engineering/Mechanical_Engineering/Robotics/
Gabriel and Stephanie Nelson http://biorobots.cwru.edu/personnel/gmn/ studying biologically-inspired robotics. A Christian Linux-user.
Wizard.Org http://www.wizard.org/ purpose: to share information, products, ideas, etc. about Robotics, Machine Intelligence (AI), Electronics and Micro-Controllers to anyone who’s interested. Includes “Useful Robot Schematics” !
Matt Arnold http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Vault/2618/ has built some really nice walking robots.
Shadow Robot Group http://www.shadow.org.uk/
Electronic and Robotics http://members.aol.com/fuboco
The “Java Ring” http://www.ibutton.com/ (for wearing on your finger) that runs the Java Card 2.0 specification. Very rugged package “You can drop it, step on it, scratch it, or wear it swimming.”
Bokam Engineering Inc. http://www.bokam.com/ sells a interesting joystick-like force sensor. “3-axis force measurement”
interesting little “support IC”: ZPSD6xx “MCU peripheral chip” 16 MHz, includes CPLD (programmable logic), 128 Kbytes EPROM, 512 bytes SRAM, extra I/O,
Human Powered Vehicles http://www.bayscenes.com/ind/spidra/hpv.html
NJR (lots of surface mount devices) http://www.njr.com/
from Computer Design 1997 Nov p. 104 “To get a free CD-ROM, Selection Guide or AHC Data Book, call us at 1-800-477-8924, ext. 3054, or visit http://www.ti.com/sc/docs/asl/families/ahct.htm”
We Can Put A Man On The Moon, But We Can’t Make Killer Robot Police? http://www.theonion.com/onion3204/killerrobotpolice.html
http://www.owirobot.com/ simple, small robot kits.
The Ganssle Group http://www.ganssle.com/ “80% of all embedded products are delivered late; most are horribly ridden with bugs. Why do we tolerate this?” Lots of Articles about Embedded Systems written by Jack Ganssle.
Gilway Technical Lamp http://www.gilway.com/ LEDs, neon lamps, halogen lamp … IR, visible, UV.
http://www.pdabuzz.com/ PDA/HPC discussion forums
Robots, Robots & more: Jorge Codina http://www.codina.org/robot.htm another monster list of robot links, much like this one.
Motorola DSP University Program http://www.mot.com/SPS/DSP/university_relations/index.html provides discounts and sometimes donations of Motorola DSP56002EVM evaluation boards and other development tools.
comp.sys.m68k Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (1996 ?) http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/motorola/68k-chips-faq/faq.html mentions
Motorola University Support gave David Cary some 68HC11s for free for his student project (). Send them a FAX of your student ID, a brief description of your project, and they might send you chips and data books for free.
Allied Electronics, Inc. http://www.allied.avnet.com/ electronics distributor
Industrial Computer Source http://www.indcompsrc.com/ Industrial Rack Mount Computers Single Board Computers Data Acquisition & Input-Output Cards
Why don’t we have classes in “Finding product information” ? All engineers need their own personal catalog file. (Many have 2 copies, one at work and one at home). Then there are the free trade magazines in every industry.
Arrow Electronics Inc. http://www.arrow.com/ claims to be “the world’s leading distributor of electronic components and computer products”.
B.G. Micro http://www.bgmicro.com/ a mail order electronics company
Circuit Cellar INK (Steve Ciarcia)
Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance http://www.iaopennetworking.com/??? communications standard ???
ZAP Power Systems http://www.zapbikes.com/ electric bicycles and power-assist kits.
Socket X http://www.socketx.com/ graphics system standard (???)
$? CLC5956 12 bit ADC; 65 MS/s; 60dB SNR at 250 MHz. http://www.rdrop.com/~cary/html/ designed to downsample radio signals at IF … can also convert at baseband.
$? ADC1173 8 bit ADC; 15 MS/s; 3 V; 40 mW; “built for portable imaging and video … perfect for digital cameras and camcorders” http://www.rdrop.com/~cary/html/
Scale Models from Soda Cans: Complete Step by Step http://www.modelflight.com/can-du.html
Free Flight Web Ring http://www.battlecreek.net/volare/ffring.htm
RC modeling FAQs http://www.hobbyshack.com/faqs.htm
railgun parts high_voltage.html#railgun
What is this ? ” FIRST (For In spiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) … is an annual competition where a high school and an engineering company or division team up to build a remote-controlled robot that competes with other robots on a stage. There are specific cost, weight and size requirements, as well as a tight deadline. The actual game changes each year. … This culminates in a national competition at Epcot in Orlando, Fla. ”
Oregon IEEE Calendar http://www.ee.pdx.edu/~ieee/section-calendar.html[perhaps merge all IEEE info in one place ?]
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part B Vol.26, No.3, June 1996 Special Issue on Learning Autonomous Robots http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/dorigo/SI/Special_Issue.html
The Institute, a newpaper published by IEEE http://www.institute.ieee.org/INST/ti.html
“University Intellectual Property Policy Guidelines” from http://www.ieee.org/usab
IEEE Computer Society (Oregon Chapter) http://rdrop.com/users/ieeecs/
Portland State University Student Chapter of the IEEE http://www.ee.pdx.edu/~ieee/
“University Intellectual Property Policy Guidelines” http://www.ieeeusa.org/usab/COMMITTEES/IPC/
VITA http://www.vita.com/ VITA … sponsored that Embedded Systems Software Environment initiative (ESSE) … standardization … for real-time embedded systems.
Embedded PC design resources http://www.pcengines.com/embres.htm has some links to interface standards
http://www.wilcoxon.com/ high temperature (up to 150 ‘C) accelerometers
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) FAQ http://www.repairfaq.org/filipg/LINK/F_LCD_menu.html
Electronics Information Homepage http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/1164/ lots of good stuff.
http://www.engineers.com/ Software Libraries
electroBASE http://www.electrobase.com/“the Most Comprehensive Electronics Sourcing Directory on the Internet”
XPole: An Interactive, Graphical Signal Analysis Filter Design Tool http://cs-tr.cs.berkeley.edu/TR/UCB:ERL-93-70
BIT: Blank Institute of Technology http://www.drblank.com/???
Learning and Intelligent Image and Signal Analysis http://ee.tut.fi/~nnf_info/liisa.html
[move some of these signal processing links to machine_vision.html]
HyperLynx http://www.acdesign.com/hyperlynx.htm“Signal-integrity and EMC analysis software for high speed design”
“A New Approach to Periodicity Detection and Variability Detection in X-ray and Gamma-ray Astronomy” http://cadcwww.dao.nrc.ca/abstracts/gregory.tex.html
Surfing the Wavelets http://www.monash.edu.au/cmcm/wavelet/wavelet.htm
Signal Analysis and Processing http://webbooks.net/books/sigproc.html???
PortIO Demo [device driver] http://www.rain.org/~pra/ then click “PortIO Demo GUI” button. free download *very* useful to see if the hardware is really working; helps narrow down — is the problem the hardware or software ?
Internet sites on Electronics and Robotics. http://www.hooked.net/~jfong/related_sites.html
The Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest http://www.trincoll.edu/~robot/
Internet Robotics Sites http://www.ee.nmt.edu/~bruder/ee382/robotics/robotics.html
Sensor Fusion http://www.ee.nmt.edu/~bruder/sensor.html???
the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) http://www.sae.org/ would know a thing or 2 about ruggedized robotic applications. In particular, they are developing a rugged, simple, low-cost communication protocol (RS485 twisted pair hardware ?), the SAE Truck and Bus Control and Communication Network (J1939) Subcommittee http://www.sae.org/TECHCMTE/j1939.htm( “The SAE J1939 series will offer a higher performance alternative to SAE J1708, J1587, and J1922.”). Also, electromagnetic immunity and transients are important: http://www.sae.org/PRODSERV/terms/GV_VEHEL_S.htm
http://www.eaoswitch.com/ some very heavy-duty vandal-resistant pushbuttons.
Filip Gieszczykiewicz http://www.repairfaq.org/filipg/ tons of cool electronic stuff here. Some very simple projects, repair information, interfacing, protocols, etc.
Baumer electric http://www.baumerelectric.com/ Photoelectric sensors, Encoders and rotary sensors, Pressure sensors.
Del-Tron Precision, Inc. http://www.deltron.com/ makes some incredibly small linear bearings. Ball Slide Positioning Stages (some include micrometers).
Circuits Assembly Online magazine http://www.cassembly.com/
http://www.hitechsurplus.com/ Lasers, Optics, motors, motor controllers, hand tools, rotory and linear encoders, and other electronic surplus items.
Motion Planning for Dexterous Robots http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~gini/???
Top: Computers: AI: Fuzzy http://directory.mozilla.org/Computers/AI/Fuzzy/
lots of fuzzy logic links http://www.abo.fi/~rfuller/fuzs.html
Fuzzy and Neural Control http://er4www.eng.ohio-state.edu/~ordonezr/fuzzy.html links to “adaptive fuzzy controllers with stability proofs” and “as an example of a pattern recognition application, fuzzy c-means (see James Bezdek’s page) has been used in the excellent image manipulation program ImageMagick.”
fuzzyTECH: fuzzy logic design software http://www.fuzzytech.com/
Advanced Configuration & Power Interface (ACPI) http://www.teleport.com/~acpi/ related to OnNow. ???
IEEE Neural Network Council Home Page http://www.ewh.ieee.org/tc/nnc/ the home of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems.
http://eddie.mit.edu/ftp/pub/home-automation/“various information on home automation products. Where possible, software source and binaries are provided. If you have information to contribute, or know of another archive with similar information, please send a message to \<home-automation at eddie.mit.edu> and we would be very pleased to add this into the archive that all may enjoy. ”
The journal Adaptive Behavior http://www.biologie.ens.fr/AnimatLab/www/francais/AB.html“international forum for research on adaptive behavior in animals and autonomous, artificial systems. Offering ethologists, psychologists, computer scientists, and robotic scientists the chance to compare insights, it features mechanisms, organizational principles, and architectures that can be expressed in computational, physical, or mathematical models.” “published by MIT Press”
Instrutech Corporation. http://www.instrutech.com/“Precision Instrumentation for Biological Research”. data acquisition hardware (ISA Bus, NuBus and PCI Bus (PowerMac) ); distributor for electrophysiology instruments; video acquisition system “Digital VCR mode: permits streaming uncompressed video data to hard disk at 30 frames per second”
The Amacoil/Uhing Linear Drive System http://www.amacoil.thomasregister.com/olc/amacoil/ is very clever mechanical engineering.
Universal Instruments Corporation http://www.uic.com/ develops and sells electronic assembly machine systems. lots of information on electronics assembly and the electronics assembly industry
OMEGA ENGINEERING, INC. http://www.omega.com/“Process Measurement and Control” components. Infrared, Data Acquisition, Pressure.
Concepts of Person, Self, Personal Identity: Bibliography and Texts http://www.canisius.edu/~gallaghr/pi.html points to “Robots and Rights: the Ethical Demands of Artificial Agents” by Matthew Elton http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~phl002/as3.htm
$12 (in 50 000s) ISD33000 family ( Information Storage Devices http://www.isd.com/)(complete silicon implementations of a conventional magnetic-tape recorder, provide 4K to 8K samples/sec A/D and D/A converter functions, clock oscillators, 1 to 4 minutes of non-volatile flash memory, filters, SPI and Microwire serial interfaces … require 2.7 to 3.3 V, 25 mA in operating mode … require no power to retain the stored audio signal …)
Philips Semiconductors http://www-eu.semiconductors.philips.com/ has lots of interesting devices … IEEE1394 Bus (FireWire), USB, … HDTV machine_vision.html#hdtv … CPLDs http://www.coolpld.com/$245 XPLA Professional(TM) (Free demo version available for download) for designing CPLDs. Apparently the software, prototype board schematics, and ISP download cable description for programming “all Philips JTAG CPLDs” are also available free for download. These things can run off grapefruit power http://www.coolpld.com/cdrom-offer.html. $7.50 (10 000s) PZ5032-7 (5V Pal, 3V version avail, … in 44-pin PLCC package; PC/Windows development tool for $95;) (Philips Semiconductor http://www.semiconductors.philips.com/ps/ ) (32 macrocells)(in EDN 1996 Aug. 1)
$17.44 (1000) XRD87L94 (parallel output ADC, serial version avail, 12 bits, 1 MSPS, 3V power supply) ( http://www.exar.com/) (ad in EDN 1996 Aug. 1)
Scott Edwards Electronics Inc. http://www.seetron.com/ LCD panels, Serial Servo Controllers (SSCs), and lots of other nifty BASIC Stamp related items.
the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) http://www.aaai.org/
Design/Analysis Consultants, Inc. (DACI) http://www.cyberspy.com/~daci/| http://www.daci-wca.com/daci_001.htm“Design Analysis Newsletters: A Collection of Technical and Project Management Tips for the Serious (But Not Stuffy) Engineer”
Sunset Laboratory Inc. http://www.rdrop.com/~sunlab/
very cool if you’re interested in electronics. http://www.ping.be/~ping0751/
http://www.phoenixcontact.com/(im Englisch und Deutsch) INTERBUS printed circuit terminal blocks ???
silica aerogels http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/aerogel-insulation.html are a fascinating material.
Apex Microtechnology Corporation. http://www.apexmicrotech.com/see/ed/ sells a family of “Low Cost, Full-Bridge PWM Amplifier”. (10 A continuous, 15 A Peak on 80 V supply) (use analog input and internal 100 KHz oscillator … or digital PWM input) Unfortunately, they do not list prices on their web page.
“WE FIND ODD PARTS!” http://instantweb.com/o/oddparts/
$2.50 (in 1 000 s) AD5320 “World’s smallest DACs” (6 pin SOT-23 package)(12 bit 30 MHz serial input)(8 us settling time) (1999-01) Analog Devices http://www.analog.com/
$6.65 (in 1 000 s) AD7472 (12 bit DAC) 1.75 MSamples/s “specified for 2.7 V to 5.25 V operation” (1999-01) Analog Devices http://www.analog.com/
$1.55 (in 1 000 s) AD623 rail-to-rail instrumentation amplifier (single-supply) (1999-01) Analog Devices http://www.analog.com/
Microchip Technology http://microchip.com/ sells microcontrollers with on-chip regulators. Can run directly off unregulated up to 15 V (e.g., 9 V or 12 V batteries); 8 I/O ports that will accept up to 15V; and drive rail-to-rail up to 15 V. ($1.34 each in 1 000 s for OTP PIC16HV540)(1999-01).
$3.50 (in 10 000 s) CS4294 audio codec (two 16 bit A/D channels, stereo mixing for 3 stereo inputs; mono microphone input and preamp; four 18 bit D/A channels)(1999-01) from Cirrus Logic Inc. http://www.cirrus.com//* owns the Crystal Semiconductor subsidiary http://crystal.com/ */ (also sells under the Crystal brand name) “Meets or exceeds Microsoft’s(r) PC 98 and PC 99 audio performance requirements” (ADC, DAC, CMOS)
when would I want to use a “Thyristor” ?
http://www.lpkfcadcam.com/ sells the “ProtoMat 91s” a computer-controlled desktop router that accepts circuit-board designs, routes them from copper-clad boards, (and drills the holes ?).
$5.15 (in 10 000 s) ZPSD6xxV “MCU peripheral IC” carries a 2 500 gate CPLD, 128 KBytes of EPROM, 512 Bytes of SRAM, extra I/O, and a programmable interface to most 8 or 16 bit MCUs. 2.7 V, 3 V, and 5 V versions. WSI http://wsipsd.com/
AMD http://www.amd.com/magic/ Am29SL800B 8 Megabit 1.8 Volt-only Flash Memory Single-power-supply operation 1.8 Volt-only for Read, Program and Erase
Microelectronic Modules Corporation http://www.mmccorp.com/ DC-DC converters.
$43.62 (in 100 s) HI5905 (14 bit, 5 MSample/s A/D converter) internal voltage reference 5V TTL/CMOS data output latches $ 300 evaluation board Harris Corp. (1998-05)
$4.20 (in 1 000 s) TLV1572 (10 bit 1.25 MSamples/s serial ADC) from Texas Instruments http://www.ti.com/sc/5057
$20 (in 10 000 s) DSP56362 (100 MIPS DSP) Motorola http://www.dspaudio.motorola.com/(1998-05)
$1.65 (in 10 000 s) ISD1500 “20 seconds of voice record and playback” “require no battery power to retain recorded messages” Information Storage Devices http://www.isd.com/(1998-05)
$ 179 handheld LCR Component Tester from B&K Precision http://www.bkprecision.com/
$ 29 handheld multimeters (higher-priced ones have capacitance measuring) Omega Engineering Inc. omega.com
$1595 NI5102 USB-based dual-input 20 MSamples/s digital oscilloscope National Instruments http://www.natinst.com/
$ 19 (in 100 s) DMS-20LCD-1-DCM dc voltmeter digitally monitors any 8 to 40 Vdc power source “self-powered”, derived from the source being measured (only 2 connections) large 0.37” LCD display Datel Inc. http://www.datel.com/
Art on the Edge http://www.ylem.o0a.%20lem/“the intersection of the Arts & Sciences”. Robotic sculpture, “Polarized Kinetic Light Exhibit”, “Electrons Tamed for the Arts” (video and computer processing), acoustic ecology, “THE NATURE OF LIGHT: exploring unconventional photographic techniques”,
Jeff Sampson http://www.citilink.com/~jsampson/ lots of Graphic LCD Info for lots of different kinds of displays.
ComputerBoards http://www.computerboards.com/ Analog Interface Boards (competition)
Keithley Metrabyte http://www.metrabyte.com/ Analog Interface Boards (competition)
FR4 [printed circuit board material] can withstand temperatures of up to 130 degrees C, but “owing to weakening and discolouration caused by this high temperature, the maximum operating temperature is limited to 105 degrees C.” (Lund).
Electronics pages http://www.marketto.demon.co.uk/electronics/index.htm“Lots of pinout details ”
see dav_info.html#periodicals for some electronics magazines and catalogs I think are handy.
Nuts & Volts Magazine http://www.nutsvolts.com/ simple, cool projects for electronics beginners. ``… Amateur Robotics, CNC, Microcontrollers, GPS, Amateur Radio, Computer Control, BASIC Stamp, and Data Acquisition …”
Personal Computing Tools Inc. ??? sells EPROM programmers
Circuit Cellar INK: The Magazine of Embedded Control Applications http://www.circuitcellar.com/ has lots of cool electronics projects, some of them suitable for beginners. Robotics, embedded web devices, digital signal processing, robots with vision, free multitasking executives, …
The High-Tech Homestead http://www3.sympatico.ca/lsb/ Robotics and Remote Control. Has some nice little schematic diagrams online. Very simple PC serial port interfacing.
EDTN: The Electronics Design, Technology & News Network http://www.edtn.com/
The Electronic Pages http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/9504/ Links to companies, homepages of people who are dedicated to electronics and resources to pages with FAQ’s, information, … maintained by Sven Rymenants http://www.club.innet.be/~year0489/.
EE Compendium is a collection of Electronics Engineering information http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/1495/
The Genetic Programming Notebook http://www.geneticprogramming.com/ Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Genetic Algorithms, GP Tutorial
The Genetic Algorithms Archive http://www.aic.nrl.navy.mil/galist/ a repository for information related to research in genetic algorithms.
[fixme: see “ADC and DAC prices” for a few webs sites of chip manufacturers. ]
smart transducers: IEEE 1451.2
Engineering Information Inc. — known as Ei http://www.ei.org/ hosts the Engineering Information Village.
$57.20 (in 1 000 s) AD6640 (12 bit, 65 MSamples/s ADC) (300 MHz input bandwidth)(needs single +5V power supply; dissipates 710 mW; digital output stage may be powered by +5 V or +3.3 V) Analog Devices Inc. http://www.analog.com/(prices from 1998-11 Electronic Design)
Aries Electronics, Inc. http://www.arieselec.com/
no-moving-parts (NMP) micro-pumps http://lettuce.me.washington.edu/~micropump/public/wam97paper.html
electronics humor http://www.institute.ieee.org/INST/may95/after5.html
Z-World http://www.z-world.com/“a place for zed heads” Z scale (1:220) model railroading
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Monitor/7051/ XS40-010XL FPGA Board by Xess Corp.; 68HC11 and the Digital Lock-in Amplifier ???
John Kennedy http://kahuna.sdsu.edu/~kennedy/ using Field Programmable Gate Arrays for Digital Audio Signal Processing.
Surplus Al http://mh105.infi.net/~surplsal/ surplus military equipment
Don Lancaster’s Flutterwumper Library http://www.tinaja.com/flut01.html includes lots of robot information. The “Hexapod” section is *not* on robots with 6 feet, but is instead on the “Stewart Platform” idea for machine tools.
Lemo http://www.lemo.ch/ sells heavy-duty fiber optic and electrical connectors.
hardware standards http://www.cmpcmm.com/cc/standards.html
Usenet News Groups about robots
http://www.futurebots.com/ sells a pretty heavy-duty looking 68HC811E2 P-Brain module. (also has a antique computer collection)
http://www.dejanews.com/[ST_rn=bg]/threadmsg_bg.xp?AN=462125206.1 lots of links to hexapod walking robots
Robotics and Mars Exploration Technology http://rmet.jpl.nasa.gov/rmet/index.html
NASA’s “Cool Robot of the Week” site at http://ranier.hq.nasa.gov/telerobotics_page/coolrobots.html
smoovy® micro drives by RMB. http://www.smoovy.com/“small 3mm brushless DC motor.”
Advanced Circuits http://www.advancedcircuits.com/“printed circuit board manufacturer specializing in engineering prototypes and quickturn production.”
Circuit Cellar http://www.circuitcellar.com/ is a cool electronic-hardware magazine
Myke Predko’s Microcontroller Reference Page http://www.myke.com/ PIC and other microcontrollers
Survival Research Laboratories http://www.srl.org/ huge, car-destroying robots
A few “Mad Scientist” projects involve robots link_farm.html#mad_scientist .
ROBOLAB http://www.apple.com/education/LTReview/current/robolab/ LEGO DACTA “software, also entitled ROBOLAB, for the PC and the MAC … Students from age 5 to 25 can use ROBOLAB to create very simple or amazingly complex programs for their RCX-based creations.”
C and H Sales Company http://www.candhsales.com/ electronics surplus components: large electric motors, transformers, power supplies, some very nice large glass lenses, and lots of misc.
Burr Brown 24 hour fax-on-demand 1-800-548-6133
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/robotics/robotics.html Stiquito and other cooperative insect-like robot colony.
Terry Newton http://www.nc5.infi.net/~wtnewton/ has pretty pictures of robots he has build, plus hardware diagrams (in ASCII and .gif) and PIC assembly code. Walking robots. Mostly positive comments on the “neural net” designs by Mark Tilden. “On good days my walker is more intelligent than the typical rock.”
U of Mn Center for Distributed Robotics list of Vendors and Sources http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~voyles/dist.robots.html sources for sensors, radios, processors, RTOS, etc.
http://www.electronicsaustralia.com.au/ seems to have a bunch of interesting electronics projects online.
Thorsten Hack http://www2.eng.cam.ac.uk/~th206/ at the Deployable Structures Laboratory
http://www-civ.eng.cam.ac.uk/dsl/dsl.html(including Smart and Adaptive Structures) is doing research on “ultrasonic motors”, inchworm motors, etc. [FIXME: should this go under 3Ddesign ?] Some very cool artifacts.
Embedded Systems Internet Resources http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~cdaly/embed/ lots of links to info on microprocessors, debugging, circuit cellar, low-cost layout and PWB manufacture, and a list of relevant Usenet News Groups.
[FIXME: link to serial protocols in serial.html]
http://celestial.ne.mediaone.net/ seems to have lots of info on LCD panels; sells LCD controller chips.
Is the Zilog Z85C36 a useful chip ? It supposedly has 16 bits of digital I/O plus 3 (16 bit) timers.
“PC/104 Video/Sound/PCMCIA Multi Media Adapter … onboard NTSC/PAL/SECAM Video Input Decoder with ‘YUV output’, SoundBlaster compatible 2*5 watts Stereo and a 2-slot PCMCIA (PC-Card) adapter with ‘Zoom-Video’ support in slot-1. ” http://www.inside-us.com/products/amm686.html
I hear that Kurt J. Lesker Company http://www.lesker.com/ sells robots to work in vacuum chambers.
embedded systems development books http://home.korax.net/~telic/books/embedded.htm
http://www.devantech.demon.co.uk/ make some interesting-looking PIC boards. [move to robot brains ?]
forth.org.uk is supposedly making a inexpensive 68HC11 board.
http://www.aibonet.com/“the place to meet other AIBO owners, find out about product updates, get tips and tricks, and share information” [FIXME: section for AIBO links]
Geode? SC1400 (Information Appliance-on-a-Chip) http://www.national.com/appinfo/solutions/0,2062,243,00.html| http://www2.national.com/appinfo/solutions/1,2062,216,00.html Is this really the same as the Cyrix WebPAD http://www.cyrix.com/html/emerging/index.htm#webpad
http://www.ssa.org/ manned gliders
http://www.skylaunchuk.com/ manned glider winches
http://www.fiber-tensioners.com/ composite fiber winding and unwinding systems.
http://incolor.inetnebr.com/bill_r“Home of the COSMAC Elf Microcomputer Simulator, Fun with Molten Metal, Orphaned Robots, and Technological Oddities.”
http://www.ncal.verio.com/~ejia/EDU/artific.htm#*ROBOTICS* another list of robot links.
electric motors http://www.bodinemtr.com/
http://www.elecdesign.com/Pages/magpages/july2699/bb/0726bb1.htm[lots of PC/104 stuff]
Commercial airplanes use 400-Hz, 115-V ac power internally. “All commercial aircraft have two “standardized” voltages throughout the cabin. There is a 110-V ac service available, as well as 28 V dc for lighting and other low-voltage cabin applications.” http://www.elecdesign.com/Pages/magpages/feb0998/analog/0209ao1.htm
http://web-tronics.com/ sells a lot of discrete parts and DIY educational kits http://web-tronics.com/webtronics/diy-electronic-kits.html.
Tronnort Technology http://www.ozemail.com.au/~dljones/ robotics, PICmicro, “Low Cost PAL/NTSC Video Date/Time/Message overlay generator”, Write-Only Memory, other related stuff.
Jonathan W. Mills http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/jwmills.html and Gary B. Parker http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/gaparker.html are doing some interesting research in robot colonies (swarm behavior and intelligence; emergent behavior; )
What are “stigmergic systems” ?
[FIXME: link to comp.robotics.research ]
altitude record for a propeller-driven aircraft: 71 500 feet: NASA’s solar-powered Pathfinder remotely-piloted aircraft, designed, manufactured, operated by AeroVironment, Inc., 1997-07-07 at the U.S. Naby Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. http://www.drfc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo
Armed Robot Guards - Sorta http://slashdot.org/articles/00/08/17/2033231.shtml“It’s almost scary how reality sometimes ends up being so similar to science-fiction”
Armed roboguard world’s first http://www.bangkokpost.net/170800/170800_News03.html The world’s first armed robot security guard that can open fire on intruders while controlled through the Internet was unveiled in Bangkok yesterday.
“Should the “smart,” autonomously acting machines be applied solely to the task of killing human beings?” — Sherwin Chen, Ted Hsieh, James Kung, Vlad Beffa, in their class report on “Autonomous Weapons” http://www-cse.stanford.edu/classes/cs201/Projects/autonomous-weapons/html/conclusion.html
Dr. Michael A. Covington http://www.ai.uga.edu/~mc/[FIXME: lots of stuff I should look at — embedded PIC systems, AI, Prolog, LaTeX, astronomy, linguistics (natural language processing with computers), etc.]
IEEE Micro Mouse Using The 87c751 Microcontroller http://www-us.semiconductors.philips.com/acrobat/applicationnotes/AN443.pdf
The Unofficial Guide to LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(TM) Robots By Jonathan B. Knudsen http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lmstorms/resources/[FIXME: read] pointers to programming languages for the MindStorms computer: pbForth and NQC (Not Quite C) http://www.enteract.com/~dbaum/nqc/.
``Making Workhorses Out of Minibots” by Alan Hall 2001-02-14 http://biz.yahoo.com/bizwk/010214/g.html``Its creators at Sandia National Laboratories believe it’s the world’s smallest untethered robot. … Edward Heller, one of the project’s researchers … measures barely a quarter of a cubic inch. Packed inside are three watch batteries for power, two tiny electric motors, a temperature sensor, and an 8K ROM (read-only memory). And the researchers are already looking for ways to provide more power and give it additional senses by adding a miniature camera, microphone, radio, and chemical microsensors. ”
Hans Moravec http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/~hpm/
``Hans Moravec” article by roy christopher October 18, 2000 http://www.disinfo.com/pages/dossier/id208/pg1/ lots of information about roboticist Hans Moravec, Principal Research Scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA.
Robots by Neil Fraser http://vv.carleton.ca/~neil/robotics/ includes
Locraker ( Combination Lock Cracker ) http://vv.carleton.ca/~neil/robotics/locraker.html This technically qualifies as a robot … a gadget that (by brute force, trying all possible combinations in turn) finds the combination of a combination lock. Not really a ``cracking” tool, because ``it is only possible to crack locks that aren’t attached to something (ie. locks whose combinations have been forgotten). … it can open a lock in about half an hour.” The buzzer is totally pointless. The original idea was that once the Locraker had opened the lock, the computer would sound the buzzer to attract attention. If you’ve ever heard those solenoids in action, and the deafening silence which follows, you’ll understand why the buzzer is not required. He uses QuickBasic !
Ars Robotica: Interview with Neil Fraser http://arsrobotica.com/display.php3?blogid=118:
NF: Personally I’d rather build new stuff than spend my time rebuilding an upgrading old projects that are already functional.
AR: What advice do you have for those of use who want to build robots but are on a tight budget?
NF: The magic ingredient in all but one of my robots is Meccano. I’ve seen robots with amazing software, attached to spectacular electronics, attached to a heap of balsa wood that falls over when you look at it. Get Meccano. There is nothing that beats it when it comes to building an ajustable, reusable framework. Don’t buy it new from the store, just keep an eye out for it at garage sales, or place an advertisement in a newspaper or local buy&sell newsgroup.
Ars Robotica http://arsrobotica.com/ has discussion boards for robot hobbyists.
Sicario, The cost almost free Robot Arm http://www.sorgonet.com/robotics/sicario/
BrainBox by Neil Fraser http://vv.carleton.ca/~neil/neural/brainbox.html``BrainBox is a Windows program (3.1 or 95/98) that allows one to graphically build and execute neural networks. Use the mouse to drop neurons, drag links from one neuron to another, adjust the weights, and watch what happens when the network executes.” Unlike most neural net programs, this lets you design not only the topology but also the weights of the network. (I.e., it lets you do stuff manually that most other NN software does automatically).
PWB design tips http://massmind.org/techref/pcbs.htm
How to Build a 1 GHz Scope Probe for Next to Nothing http://www.xilinx.com/products/spartan2/recipes/rec015.htm(digital-only)
University of Minnesota Center for Distributed Robotics http://distrob.cs.umn.edu/fac_people.html``we propose to construct a cylindrical formed scout. … 4cm in diameter (the special foam wheels can expand to 5cm in diameter). This body fits snugly inside a protective covering called a Sabot that absorbs much of the impact during the launch, and allows the scout to even break through a glass window and land safely”
Circuit Cellar Ink: Robotics issue http://www.circuitcellar.com/pastissues/TOCmar01.htm
Elantec Semiconductor http://elantec.com/``Elantec designs, manufactures and markets high performance analog integrated circuits” op-amps, laser drivers, 4 Amp DC:DC converters (``with integrated power transistors”), etc. (CMOS)
Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. http://www.halsp.hitachi.com/ has some microcontrollers and some high-power MOSFETS ( in LDPAK, DPAK, or TO-220AB that can switch 60 V, 85 A … or 250 V, 12 A … or 900 V, 4 A … as of 2001) (I think thier ``LDPAK” is the same as the ``D2PAK”).
[FIXME: move “intelligent power” chips vlsi.html#intelligent_power here ?]
DS1616 one-chip data logger: time, temperature, and 3 analog inputs from Dallas Semiconductor … both a traditional data log memory and a separate histogram memory …
[FIXME: DAV suspects that serial FLASH memory is optimum for small robotic applications. Have a special section for that ? or at least for FLASH ? Or perhaps make that a subcategory of a ``serial peripheral” section ? ]
$1.50 (in 1 000s ?: 2000-12) SST45VF020 : 3 wire SPI interface, 2 Mb (256 KB), 8 pin SOIC package; FLASH http://ssti.com/products/45vfxxx.html
$7.87 (in “volume”) IS25M041A 512 KByte Serial Flash Modules (SFMs) use a $6.56 (in “volume”) IS25F041A 4 Mbit serial flash TSOP chip. Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (1999 ?) issiusa.com Extremely tiny.
AT45D081 SPI serial interface 1MByte FLASH memory http://massmind.org/techref/atmel/index.htm
$0.95 (in 1 000s : 2000-12) MAX5380/MAX5381: 2 wire serial interface, 8 bit DAC, 2.0 V reference / 4.0 V reference from Maxim http://www.maxim-ic.com/
[FIXME: should I have a section for IEEE961 STD bus ? for stuff like http://www.winsystems.com/ ]
Robotics and EE Webring http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/2991/webring.html
AIBO http://www.aibo.com/ Sony entertainment robot
intelligent robots and machines http://www.angelusresearch.com/
http://rohm.com/cgi-bin/npdctfrm.cgi?url=psop8.html power SOP8 transistor: 2.5 mOhm PSOP8 PSMT6
Sub-Kilogram Intelligent Tele-robots http://robotics.usc.edu/~behar/SKIT.html [very small robots; some interesting photos]
simpleRTJ: a small footprint Java VM for embedded and consumer devices http://www.rtjcom.com/ ``The simpleRTJ has been ported to number of target processors including MC68302, MC68376/332, 68HC11, 68HC16, 8051, 8051XA, various ARM derivatives, H8S/2241, STi5512 (RISC set-top-box), DSP56300, and many others.” (virtual java machine for 68Hc11)
Javelin Stamp from Parallax programmed in Java. http://www.parallaxinc.com/javelin_stamp.htm
the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University http://www.ri.cmu.edu/
ActivMedia Robotics http://www.activrobots.com/ ``for professional and commercial robot users” fully assembled robots with on-board computers and wireless links … ready to program.
Aerial Robotics Competition http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=Aerial+Robotics+Competition&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any
http://www.soltronixproducts.com/ solar-powered … thin film solar power …
High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) *autonomous* Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Global Hawk flies above 60,000 ft for over 30 hours completely *autonomously* — i.e. there is no human pilot any where in the loop — no joy sticks, video cameras etc… The UAV is able to perform global navigation and complete autonomous landings using P-code GPS navigators (Litton LN-100G) or Differentially aided DGPS navigators (only when DGPS station is available). - The intellectual property release has been signed for this application. Submitted by: Global Hawk Northrop Grumman Ryan Aeronautical Center http://gpshome.ssc.nasa.gov/countryform.asp?country=United+States
Cool Robot Of The Week http://ranier.oact.hq.nasa.gov/telerobotics_page/coolrobots.html[FIXME: check out the cool stuff here]
Real Robots on the Web http://ranier.oact.hq.nasa.gov/telerobotics_page/realrobots.html most let you control the robot from a web browser [FIXME: webcam.html]
`` TinyVM is an open source JavaTM based replacement firmware for the Lego MindstormsTM RCX microcontroller.” — http://www.afu.com/fur.html
[power semiconductors] IPS5451 ($5.00 in ones from Digikey) IC high-side driver TO-220-5 IPS0151 ($4.20 in ones from Digikey) ``fully protected MOSFET switch”.
Jack Ganssle http://ganssle.com/ lots of embedded systems tips and tricks. ``A Guide to Code Inspections for reducing bugs in embedded systems” ``Floating Point Approximations for embedded systems”
PWM generators http://www.m.case.btinternet.co.uk/html/pwm_generators.html[FIXME: … #oscillators …]
http://www.m.case.btinternet.co.uk/ goes into a lot of detail about the exact ICs he uses to drive his robot.
``Desktop R/C Mini-Rovers … Remote Controlled Micro Vehicle … Optional Wireless Video Camera Attachment Now Available For Use With This R/C Device … ‘caterpillar drive’ ROVer (Remote Operated Vehicle), …only 4 inches long … radio controlled … ” http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/fun-stuff/5776.shtml| http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/fun-stuff/59eb.shtml
I think this is the same as:
Desktop Rover Micro-Vehicle http://www.plantraco.com/
``Which Colossal Death Robot Are You?” http://rumandmonkey.com/widgets/tests/giantrobot/ Well, I thought it was hilarious. [FIXME: make ``robot humor” section ? Or does this overlap the ``people who scare me” section ?]
http://www.nocrash.com/programmer.shtml[FIXME: is this any good ?]
http://www.robotroom.com/ BEAM robots; how to build a Mini-Sumo Robot Ring; Robot Building for Beginners; etc.
http://www.robotroom.com/books.html book reviews for robotic hobbyists. ``book about electronics that doesn’t contain too much mathematical or theoretical material. The books listed on this page are those that I found helpful, readable, and interesting.” [FIXME: make robot book section, link from book.html ?]
``fast, cheap and out of control”: A philosophy of robotics researchers signifying complex behavior developing from simple subsystems. — BlueWeasel http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=28118 a recommended movie [#movie]
I spotted this on Piclist:
Radar for $25.00 each and $18.00 in small qty. Siemens offers a 2.4 GHz Doppler radar sensor, with antenna built in. (Part number KMY 24) A complete sensor that will determine distance and direction by monitoring 2 sensor outputs with your A/D microcontroller. Up to 15 feet possible,and very small in size. (1.125”x1.5”x.375” approx.)
I think all these articles mention that exact sensor:
tracking small robots
DAV: I wonder if it would be worth trying to get this to work underwater.
[motor] AN2149/D Compressor Induction Motor Stall and Rotation Detection using Microcontrollers http://e-www.motorola.com/brdata/PDFDB/docs/AN2149.pdf
http://www.ddjembedded.com/[FIXME: periodical ?]
Dennis Clark http://www.verinet.com/~dlc/ and http://www.techtoystoday.com/ has some useful robot pieces for sale, free PIC source code, and many, many links to other robot pages. [FIXME: infrared communications]
Get A Grip On Robotics http://www.thetech.org/exhibits_events/online/robots/contents/ asks some realistic ethical questions. [FIXME: check this out]
Build your own battle laptop By David Becker Special to ZDNet News May 23, 2002, 4:35 AM PT http://msn.com.com/2100-1103-921111.html
… Evolution Robotics, a Pasadena, Calif.-based company …
The company is at the Electronics Entertainment Expo this week demonstrating a series of “personal robot systems” that can transform an average laptop PC into an intelligent robot. The basic kit includes a rolling platform to mount the laptop on, a Webcam for capturing visual data and software to run on the laptop.
``Getting a Grip on NanoMuscles” article by John Edwards (2002 ?) http://www.techworthy.com/magarchives/scitech/108127.html
NanoMuscle CEO Rod MacGregor …
NanoMuscles are based on the proposition that a device that’s shorter than a matchstick and lighter than a conventional motor can help electronics manufacturers build products that are cheaper, more compact, and have greater power efficiency. …
MacGregor says that NanoMuscle technology promises to revolutionize the small-motor industry. … MacGregor notes that at $12 billion, the small-motors market is ten times larger than the CPU market.
… a shape memory alloy (SMA). …
A NanoMuscle is like an ant—it can move objects up to 100 times its own weight. …
[flying robot # sphere] ``NASA robot to use Linux, Pentium III” http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS8416393595.html``…Keith Nicewarner, software architect for NASA’s personal satellite assistant (PSA) project…”
``Robot Shaping An Experiment in Behavior Engineering” by Marco Dorigo and Marco Colombetti Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series, vol. 2. MIT Press, 1998 http://www.santafe.edu/~shalizi/reviews/robot-shaping/
Roboworld http://mediatheek.thinkquest.nl/~ll106/index_E.html a page listing the many different kinds of robots (remote-controlled, autonomous, virtual, etc.) and a few more pages on robots. Nice pictures.
``Reality Checks” article by Ed Nisley Dr. Dobb’s Journal August 2002 http://www.ddjembedded.com/resources/articles/2002/0208m/0208m.htm
Because humans had to backpack their equipment across the debris field to tiny openings, smaller robots turned out to be more useful than expected. In some situations a CRASAR team deployed a crawler by swinging it lasso-style on the end of its tether and tossing it across a gap into a hole. They now know that robots must withstand impact with jagged debris in the course of normal use.
… you cannot plan for something you didn’t consider or for something you regard as impossible.
The best you can hope for is a predictable failure in the face of the unexpected. What a “fail safe” design should do depends critically on expectations: … Sometimes the correct plan allows the destruction of the device itself, as codified by Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.
K-12 Experiments in Robotic Software http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/ DAV: It always brings a smile to my face when I mix kindergarteners with rocket science. [FIXME: check this out]
[robot humor] Parade of Robots http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=1419 photoshopped pictures of movie robots doing big and/or violent things.
“New York Times, May 12, 2003 New book-scanning robots can turn the pages of small and large books as well as bound newspaper volumes and scan more than 1,000 pages an hour — speed and quality control unattainable by manual systems.” http://www.kurzweilai.net/news/news_single.html?id=1955
ULTIMUM IN EXECUTIONE, PRIMUM IN INTENTIONE. That which is first in the order of intention is last in the order of execution. — St. Thomas Aquinas http://www.traditio.com/tradlib/phrases.txt DAV: this sounds very similar to what I seem to remember Rodney A. Brooks saying about reactive mobile robot architecture
Developmental Programs for Tensegrity Robots http://www.ai.mit.edu/research/abstracts/abstracts2002/artificial-life/06edsinger.pdf[FIXME: read; crosslink with 3d_design#tensegrity]
“Prospects for Human Level Intelligence for Humanoid Robots” by Rodney A. Brooks http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/brooks/papers/prospects.pdf
humanoid robot site http://www.honda.co.jp/robot/
“Will man-made robots rise up and demand their rights?” article by Rodney Brooks http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/tt/2000/sep13/robots.html
Still, these interactions are remarkably more advanced than just three years ago. The direction is clear. Robots in research laboratories are becoming more human-like. Barring a complete failure of the mechanistic view of life, these endeavors will eventually lead to robots that we will want to treat as ethically as we treat animals, and ultimately as we treat fellow humans.
[FIXME: DAV: I don’t understand the last sentence of this article.]
“Humanux.com — Humans do it better !” http://humanux.com/ DAV: huh ?
topobo is being developed by Hayes Raffle and Amanda Parkes in the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab. http://web.media.mit.edu/~hayes/topobo/topobo.html We believe that topobo can help children understand patterns and processes common to the fields of kinematics, modular robotics, system coordination, emergent dynamics (local vs. global behavior) and locomotion.
[FIXME: todo: Search for Kenneth Maxon on google — lots of robot info. ]
Water Basketball Robot http://slashdot.org/articles/03/07/04/2246220.shtml?tid=159&tid=186
http://www.teamdelta.com/products/prod2.htm has some useful-looking RC electronics
what kind of Motorola microprocessor is that ? http://www.dansdata.com/sherman.htm at first glance, some type of ‘711 …
$92 the complete Mark III Robot kit [places that sell robot parts] [Mini Sumo] http://junun.org/ sells parts designed to be used in PARTS Mini Sumo robots #p.a.r.t.s but it looks like they could be used for lots of small robots.
http://www.micro-sumo.com/ sells some very small “micro-sumo” robot kits: The Tig-Bot(TM) measures only 1.9” x 1.9” x 1.6”
[robot clubs] http://sorobotics.org/
http://thairobot.com/??? [FIXME: toread … has photos …]
Juergen Schmidhuber (Jüergen Schmidhuber) http://idsia.ch/~juergen/[FIXME: to read]
Mini SSC-II Controller for GNU/Linux. http://ece.clemson.edu/crb/students/vilas/professional/projects/MiniSSC/miniSSC.htm
Semtech http://semtech.com/ Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC) is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products
Nick Donaldson’s Robots http://gotrobots.com/ some nice little Lego Mindstorms robots, plus some larger ones: 1/5/03 ~ Nick joins with several members of the SFRSA to form a team with the express intent of building a fully autonomous land vehicle to win the DARPA Grand Challenge, an unmanned race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
http://www.robotbooks.com/ sells “Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots” and many other robot books. Also sells some robot kits.
Swarm collected by Brad Cox. “Swarm is a general purpose software platform for the study of complex adaptive systems.” http://www.virtualschool.edu/mon/Bionomics/Swarm.html
Swarm Intelligence http://www.sce.carleton.ca/netmanage/tony/swarm.html
seems related to “Self-Organizing Sensor Networks” http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/lim/sensit.html
Will Segways become battlefield bots? http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/12/02/segway.military.ap/index.html
“Mobile Robot Map Building from an Advanced Sonar Array and Accurate Odometry” by Kok Seng CHONG, et al. (1996) http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/329816.html[FIXME: to read]
“Critical issues in Robotics” http://mall-net.com/hot/robotics.html
Japanese not building battle bots http://www.slashnot.com/article.php3?story_id=359[robot humor]
“Army creating Army of Toys” by Matthew on Thursday January 08, 2004 http://www.slashnot.com/article.php3?story_id=356[robot humor]
The U.S. Army has just awarded a contract to develop a robot with the form factor of a canine that can follow soldiers into battle and carry their equipment. This development, along with a serpentine robot designed to assist with mechanical repairs, a lobster-like robot designed to search for mines, and an insect-like robot designed for remote surveillance, supports the Army’s philosophy of developing friendly seeming helper robots that lack the physical attributes necessary to enslave humanity.
Ben Krupp, president of Yobotics, explains: Yes, we could just develop a robotic soldier instead of an array of simulated animals. But we’ve gone through the simulations a number of times here and at DARPA, and the end-game scenarios when using fully articulated multipurpose robots are — well, let’s just say that they are not good for humans.
The canine form factor is perfect for us, because as soon as the robot attempts to use a limb to pick up a weapon, it falls over.
Shadow Robot Company Ltd. http://www.shadow.org.uk/
The human hand has twenty-four powered movements.
Shadow have implemented every single one, with all the power and range of movement, that the human hand has.
No-one has ever done that before.
Also built a biped prototype: http://www.shadow.org.uk/projects/biped.shtml and other interesting prototypes, most of them using wood for the skeleton structure and pneumatic “muscles”. Uses Forth for the “Liberator”, Stamp BASIC for the “Zephyrus”.
“Robot love” article by Clive Thompson at May 12, 2004 http://collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/000831.html“NASA engineers bond emotionally with the Mars space probes they build.”
art work using the PIC uprocessor ? Pretty PCB board layout. http://soum.co.jp/mito/art/criterium/moriwaki/geo_e.html[toread]
” I developed a set of web-based tutorials to introduce students to the use of Matlab for the design and analysis of control systems.” http://www-personal.engin.umich.edu/~tilbury/“modular … Reconfigurable Factory Testbed.” “mobile robots”
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Engineering Links http://www.spacey.net/ldavis/ ???
Robotics is the science of designing and building self-operating machines, also known as robots. While the term “robotics” was first invented by Isaac Asimov in a short fiction story in 1941, the concept of robots dates back as far as Greek mythology, when the Greek god Hephaestus was said to have built mechanical talking servants. Actual robots, however, only began to appear in the late 20th century, when a company named Unimation built Unimate, the world’s first robot designed for industrial work. Since then, robotics has matured into not only a multi-billion dollar industry, but also a major new type of hobby for the technologically inclined.
Today, robots are ubiquitous. They are present in the military, performing tasks such as bomb disposal and serving as unmanned combat drones, which benefits American soldiers by taking them out of harm’s way. The space industry is using robots to explore outer space and other worlds, which has resulted in humanity getting a look at the surface of Mars without risking lives in a manned mission. Robots also work in factories, producing cars and computer chips with a level of speed and accuracy that would be impossible with human hands. As a result of robotics technology in the manufacturing industry, goods are becoming cheaper for everyone. In addition, robots are being manufactured for entertainment purposes, such as robot pets and walking humanoid robots that are sold as toys. There are also androids, which are designed to look and behave like humans. A prominent example is the HRP-4, a singing robot created by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in 2009. Robots are being designed to work in hospitals, nursing homes, and for tending to patients who are immobile and who have no relatives to care for them.
Because computer technology is becoming cheaper, robotics has become affordable to every day hobbyists. Robot design kits are available on the market for families of modest means, enabling people of all economic levels to engage in the study and construction of robots. However, they may occasionally require an adapter to connect them, such as USB to Serial, USB to GPIB, or USB to Can. Troubleshooting has become easier with online forums for code help or a repurposed intraoral camera for getting a close look at physical parts. For help with the CanBUS, a Kvaser memorator can assist with data logging.
Robotics are even being integrated into traditional children’s toys, particularly modular construction kits like Modular Robotics’ Cubelets, Lego Mindstorm or kits from Vex Robotics. The availability of cheap robot design kits is enabling people of all ages and walks of life to participate in a variety of popular robot design competitions, which is further speeding up the evolution of robotics technology. The future of robotics is, like most other technologies, not entirely clear, however androids that walk like people, auto-piloted vehicles and machines with human-like artificial intelligence are all major sources of robotics research. Fortunately, the growth of cheaper and more powerful technology is helping to ensure that more people than ever will have a chance at contributing meaningfully to the future of robotics.
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