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Robotics FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Robotics.

This FAQ about Robotics was compiled and written by Kevin Dowling nivek@cs.cmu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

-01 What is the definition of a 'robot'?
A reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator designed to ...
-02 Where did the word 'robot' come from?
The word 'robot' was coined by the Czech playwright Karel ...
-03 When did robots, as we know them today, come into existence?
The first industrial modern robots were the Unimates developed ...
-04 Where can I find robotics resources on the net?
Within this FAQ are a wide variety of URL's and pointers to ftp ...
-05 Robotics Related Organizations p1
There are a number of organizations and societies related to robotics....
-06 Robotics Related Organizations p2
Center for Autonomous and Man-controlled Robotic and Sensing ...
-07 Robotics Associations of Many Countries
Compiled from a list provided by the British Robot Association....
-08 Robotics Clubs
The original computer club in Silicon Valley was the Homebrew ...
-09 Robotics Publications
There are a number of academic journals and trade magazines devoted ...
-10 Robotics Trade Magazines
Usually free, mostly ads or industry news. Many articles written ...
-11 Robotics Books
The readership of this group ranges from the beginner to ...
-12 CDROMS (Robotics)
Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot....
-13 Magazine Articles (Robotics)
Initial List Provided by Dave ...
-14 Online Technical Reports (Robotics)
There are emerging sources on the net for tech reports and papers. ...
-15 Videos (Robotics)
[new section - looking for additional material]...
-16 Conferences (Robotics)
There are a wide variety and number of conferences related to ...
-17 Robotics Competitions part1
There are a number of robot gatherings where robot builders can ...
-18 Robotics Competitions part2 BEAM Robot Olympics
Contact: Mark Tilden [22]mwtilden@math.uwaterloo....
-19 Robotics Competitions part3 IEEE Micromouse Competitions
In 1979 the IEEE Spectrum ran the first micromouse competition ...
-20 Robotics Competitions part4 IJCAI-95 Robot Competition
-21 Robotics Competitions part5 La Ferte Bernard France Robot World Contest
Introduction:...
-22 Robotics Competitions part6 Robot Symposium and Navigation Contest
-23 Robotics Competitions part7 Robot Wars
-24 Robotics Competitions part8 SAE Walking Machine Decathalon
The Ninth Annual SAE National Robotic Walking Machine ...
-25 Robotics Competitions part9 Sumo Robot Competition
Sumo is a traditional Japanese sport in which two very ...
-26 Robotics Competitions part11 Robotic Sumo Wrestling: The Tradition Continues
This contest matches your own creation with another robot in ...
-27 Graduate Programs in Robotics part1
This list is grouped by countries including the United States,...
-28 Graduate Programs in Robotics part4 Switzerland
Swiss Federal Institute of ...
-29 Graduate Programs in Robotics part5 United Kingdom
-30 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: BrandeisUniversity
Waltham, ...
-31 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: GeorgiaInstitute of Technology
Atlanta, ...
-32 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: University ofSouthern California (USC)
USC has a new MS Program called: Master of Science in Computer ...
-33 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: YaleUniversity
There is a broad spectrum of research activities in vision ...
-34 What is the State of the Robot Industry?
In general, there was a significant slump in the mid to late 1980's ...
-35 Mobile Robot Companies
There are a small number of companies targeting the research ...
-36 Mobile Robot Companies part2
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-37 AGV Companies
AGV's are Automatic Guided Vehicles. They are common in ...
-38 Robotics Manipulator Companies part1
This is only a partial list of manipulator manufacturers. A ...
-39 What other Organizations are working with robotics? Educational Organizations
-40 What other Organizations are working with robotics? NationalLaboratories
-41 What other Organizations are working with robotics? USDepartment of Defense
-42 Small Inexpensive Robots part1
One of the most common discussions on the net are related to finding,...
-43 Small Inexpensive Robots part2
M & T
-44 Small Inexpensive Robots part3
-45 What is a Robot Architecture?
A robot 'architecture' primarily refers to the software and ...
-46 What Robotics related products are there?
Robots are amazingly interdisciplinary; systems are comprised ...
-47 Robotics Cameras part1
There are a large number of cameras on the market and even ...
-48 Robotics: Inertial, Acceleration and Heading sensors part1
An excellent summary technical report on this area can be found at:...
-49 Robotics: Inertial, Acceleration and Heading sensors part2
-50 Robotics: Rangefinding Devices part1
Principles There are four basic techniques for distance ...
-51 Robotics: Rangefinding Devices part2
-52 Robotics: Force/Torque, Accelerometers, Tactile part1
Force measurement provides indications of magnitude and direction ...
-53 Robotics: Force/Torque, Accelerometers, Tactile part2
Hughes STX ...
-54 Robotics: Sonar Sensors
The time it takes for an acoustic pulse to propagate through air ...
-55 Robotics Pan/Tilt Mechanisms part1
A common robotic need. Most pan-tilts sold today by companies such ...
-56 Robotics: Measuring 3 or 6DOF position part1
How do I measure the postion of my manipulator or my mobile robot?...
-57 Robotics: Measuring 3 or 6DOF position part2
Polhemus Inc....
-58 Robotics: Measuring 3 or 6DOF position part3
-59 Measuring linear motion (Robotics related products)
-60 Actuators (Robotics related products)
-61 RC-Servos: How can you reverse a servo?
-62 Shape Memory Materials (Robotics related products)
-63 Stepper Motors (Robotics related products)
-64 Imaging for Robotics part1
-65 Imaging for Robotics part2
-66 Wireless Communication (Robotics related products)
-67 Robot Parts: Suppliers and Sources
-68 Whatever happened to Heathkit Hero Robots?
-69 What's available for Puma Manipulators? (Robotics)
Pumas are probably the most common robot in university ...
-70 What kinds of Robotics Simulators are there?
Simulation allows researchers, designers and users to construct ...
-71 Shareware and Freeware Robotics Simulators: part1
Many university groups and individuals have developed simulators ...
-72 Shareware and Freeware Robotics Simulators: part2
-73 Commerical RTOS part1 (Robotics: Real-Time Operating System)
Chimera and ...
-74 Commerical RTOS part3 (Robotics: Real-Time Operating System)
E-VENIX and ...
-75 Research RTOS (Robotics: Real-Time Operating System)
-76 What is NuTank? (Robotics)
NuTank stands for NeuralTank. It is a program to simulate ...
-77 Survey of Mobile Robot Development Environments
This list provides a look at mobile systems that people are using. ...
-78 Robot Controllers
This section describes both industrial robot controllers and ...
-79 What is the Miniboard? (Robot Controllers)
The Mini Board is an outgrowth of the MIT 6.270 robot course ...
-80 What is the F1 Board? (Robot Controllers)
A PCB board set designed around the 68HC11f1 microprocessor, which ...
-81 What is the Bot Board? (Robot Controllers)
The BOTBoard is a single chip microcomputer board designed for ...
-82 What is the Handyboard? (Robot Controllers)
The Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of ...
-83 Other Robot Controllers
Jerry
-84 What is the XXX Microcontroller? (Robotics)
Which microcontroller should I use and what are the ...
-85 Motorola 68XX (Robotics Microcontroller)
A 68HC11 is an 8-bit data, 16-bit address microcontroller ...
-86 Intel 80C186 (Robotics Microcontroller)
An 80C186 is a evolution from the 8086. It is an embedded ...
-87 Microchip PIC16/17 (Robotics Microcontroller)
-88 Parallax BASIC Stamp (Robotics Microcontroller)
The Stamp is a 1x2 (2.5x5cm) computer that runs BASIC ...
-89 Motor Drivers (Robotics Microcontroller)
This section primarily addresses chip-level devices for ...









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