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Programmable ubiquitous telerobotic devices
Author(s): Michael Doherty; Matthew Greene; David Keaton; Christian Och; Matthew L. Seidl; William Waite; Benjamin G. Zorn
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Paper Abstract

We are investigating a field of research that we call ubiquitous telepresence, which involves the design and implementation of low-cost robotic devices that can be programmed and operated from anywhere on the Internet. These devices, which we call ubots, can be used for academic purposes (e.g., a biologist could remote conduct a population survey), commercial purposes (e.g., a house could be shown remotely by a real-estate agent), and for recreation and education (e.g., someone could tour a museum remotely). We anticipate that such devices will become increasingly common due to recent changes in hardware and software technology. In particular, current hardware technology enables such devices to be constructed very cheaply (less than $500), and current software and network technology allows highly portable code to be written and downloaded across the Internet. In this paper, we present our prototype system architecture, and the ubot implementation we have constructed based on it. The hardware technology we use is the handy board, a 6811-based controller board with digital and analog inputs and outputs. Our software includes a network layer based on TCP/IP and software layers written in Java. Our software enables users across the Internet to program the behavior of the vehicle and to receive image feedback from a camera mounted on it.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3206, Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies IV, (12 December 1997);
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Michael Doherty, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Matthew Greene, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
David Keaton, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Christian Och, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Matthew L. Seidl, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
William Waite, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Benjamin G. Zorn, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3206:
Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies IV
Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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