Robot "The Wind". Open Source in robotics / SurprizingFacts

Everyone knows the Raspberry Pi system, which was rightfully recognized, not only by the professional brethren, but also by single-self-made ones. Now the conversation will go on another interesting project in the field of robotics.

Veterobot is a small robot-terrain vehicle, a feature of which is in the openness of manufacturing technology and software.

A small, neat robot is literally stuffed with sensors and has a rather powerful processor unit. The core of the latter is the onboard computer BeagleBoard-xM. This is an open system with an ARM processor from Texas Instruments. Its power is enough to control the periphery, perform complex algorithms and even compress video to H-264 format in real time (using DSP). The latter is very necessary because there are two video cameras on board, which can be used to monitor traffic.

In general, in the robot filling, there are already four ultrasonic rangefinders, a digital compass, GPS and video cameras. Control can be performed via WLAN or 3G (while in test mode), and there is also the possibility of remote control of the robot through the Internet (for this, just need the onboard cameras).

All components of the device are open and accessible to all comers. Therefore, the capabilities of this robot are limited only by the user's imagination.

The software stuffing of the robot consists of a mix of Angstrom Linux, Xenomai, ZeroC's Ice and other components. Also included is a special program that allows you to control the device and monitor the sensor readings. Its working window in the screenshot below.

Three-dimensional printing technology is used to create Veterobot's body, and the models themselves were implemented in the Blender program. The exception is the finished Dagu Rover 5 chassis, which is equipped with two motors with angle sensors. But, probably, that to the device can be connected other accessories. At least in the 3D presentation of the robot there is the possibility of changing the chassis, although I did not see any mention of it on the website. The application itself was also made using the free 3D Blend4Web engine (the presentation opens in a web browser and uses WebGL), and the sources are in the common project pool.

In the end, we got an interesting device that could be liked by researchers or enthusiasts of robotics. Although the cost of the device is quite large, but its components, schemes, 3D models and so on are available for download in the git-hub repository, and on the site itself there is an instruction for self-assembly.

P.S. The author of the article has nothing to do with the developers of the device.

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