Category: Robotics

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My final project at Concordia University is over, it has been a great experience working with an interdisciplinary team of software, mechanical, electrical, computer and industrial engineering students! I was responsible of programming the embedded computers on board of the rover. The embedded programming was mostly done in, C++ and C# and the operator user interface was done in .NET / MVVM. The Arduino Mega was used on the robot to interface with the multiple sensors and servo motors along with a Pico ITX board in charge of communicating with the operator’s main computer and streaming the cameras.
Here’s an article talking about it on Concordia University’s website: http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/04/01/running-on-ice-snowandmars.html
Saved PDF in case the link becomes broken: Concordia Mars Rover 2014 Captstone_Project Article

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I want to announce that in the upcoming week I will review the new SAMA5D3 Xplained board and try to interface a camera to it in order to give vision to my robots, something I can’t do usually with the Arduino UNO or MEGA alone.
I will surely use the OpenCV library on it and try to interface a robot platform with it.

For more information on the Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit, make sure to visit these links:
http://canada.newark.com/atmel
http://canada.newark.com/atmel/atsama5d3-xpld/dev-board-sama5d36-cortex-a5/dp/07X2224?ost=ATSAMA5D3-XPLD
http://www.element14.com/community/community/knode/dev_platforms_kits/sama5d3xplained?CMP=PRR-GLO-14-0003

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit specifications
Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Hardware

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I’m currently participating in the University of Utah Mars Rover competition. I made a small prototype of what an arm or stabilization system could look like on the robot.
Material: three 9G micro servo, one 9 DOF IMU, an Arduino Uno with a Sensor Shield V5.0 mounted on top

Here’s a stabilizer mode instead of an arm mimicking mode, useful to keep certain objects stable while they are mounted on a moving vehicle encountering bumps and obstacles.

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Here is my current Robot Dog project, the goal is to make it autonomous and do various tasks.
It’s based on an Arduino, I plan on combining a beagle bone to it later.
For now it can only track objects and it has basic movements capabilities.

Robot Dog Project