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Remotely controlled vehicles on the Internet
Author(s): Csaba Gyulai; Ben A. Abbott; Gordon Olsen
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Paper Abstract

The Redrover, Redrover project implements a control system that runs over the Internet. The goal of the project is to provide an inexpensive educational tool that introduces elementary and middle school aged students to robotic vehicles, the Internet, concepts of remote control, and planetary exploration. The control loop consists of a server and client(s), which communicate locally or through the Internet. The server receives move commands from the client and sends back images and sensor data. The server part of the program runs on a computer that is connected to a rover built by using Lego blocks. The control interface between the computer and the rover turns on and off the drive motors and collects data from the sensors. The client user interface was first based on HTML pages, subsequently it was rewritten to increase the speed of the application and create a more consistent user interface.Advantages of using the Internet for remote control are cheap implementation and universal availability. The disadvantage is the generally low bandwidth of the Internet resulting in low data transfer rates and uneven response times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3366, Robotic and Semi-Robotic Ground Vehicle Technology, (12 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317538
Show Author Affiliations
Csaba Gyulai, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Ben A. Abbott, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Gordon Olsen, Utah State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3366:
Robotic and Semi-Robotic Ground Vehicle Technology
Grant R. Gerhart; Ben A. Abbott, Editor(s)

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