Mobile Robotics CSC 290 (Spring 1998)
Before. . . . . . . . . . .After!
The Official Students' 290 Page
Assignments and Exercises
, or M.E.L.,
is a three-wheeled robotics platform that
is controlled by locust flight muscle activity. The locust is tethered
to a support on the platform. Electromyographic recording electrodes
are then inserted into the left and right forewing first basalar flight
muscles (a pair of muscles that controls the timing of the downstroke
of the wings). The recording electrodes pick up electrical impulses in
the muscles when they are activated by the locust to contract. While
flying, locusts steer by asynchronously activating the left and right
muscles. This changes the timing of the left and right downstroke
which changes the left-right balance of aerodynamic forces. The
electrodes let us "eavesdrop" on the electrical activity of the muscles
and we use this information to control the electronics of the platform.
So...when the locust flaps its wings, the car goes forward and in the
direction the locust is trying to fly.
Brown's Home Page
Computer Vision and Image Processing Tutorial with
A new use for your
Palm Pilot .
on NPR's Weekend Sunday show 13 August 2000.
Battle Bots. See robots battle to the death. We could enter and
at least get to meet Donna D'Errico....
Robot Soccer! Real Robots Scoring Real Goals! Longstanding international
contest... also you can enter a simulated team that plays you against
another team client using a
Xerox Palo-Alto Research Center's
Website. I guarantee you you will not believe this. Check out the
movie of the poly-robot that rolls along like the mythical hoop snake, tail in
mouth, then unhooks and slithers along like a snake, then reassembles
itself into a spider. Super creepy. A major tour de force!
Honda's Walking Robot I, with quicktime movies.
Honda's Walking Robot II, with realviewer and quicktime movies
(cool soccer ball action).
Robotics Research Group
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