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Integrated prototyping environment for programmable automation
Author(s): Francis da Costa; Vincent S. S. Hwang; Pradeep K. Khosla; Ronald Lumia
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Paper Abstract

We propose a rapid prototyping environment for robotic systems, based on tenets of modularity, reconfigurability and extendibility that may help build robot systems `faster, better, and cheaper.' Given a task specification, (e.g., repair brake assembly), the user browses through a library of building blocks that include both hardware and software components. Software advisors or critics recommend how blocks may be `snapped' together to speedily construct alternative ways to satisfy task requirements. Mechanisms to allow `swapping' competing modules for comparative test and evaluation studies are also included in the prototyping environment. After some iterations, a stable configuration or `wiring diagram' emerges. This customized version of the general prototyping environment still contains all the hooks needed to incorporate future improvements in component technologies and to obviate unplanned obsolescence. The prototyping environment so described is relevant for both interactive robot programming (telerobotics) and iterative robot system development (prototyping).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1829, Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III, (1 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131715
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Francis da Costa, Advanced Cybernetics Group, Inc. (United States)
Vincent S. S. Hwang, MITRE Corp. (United States)
Pradeep K. Khosla, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Ronald Lumia, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1829:
Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III
Jon D. Erickson, Editor(s)

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