Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Open Source EuroBot e-puck

An open source robot design from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL. It is a collaborative effort from Autonomous Systems Lab, Swarm Intelligence Group and Laboratory of Intelligent Systems. Sounds dangerously like someone may be trying to devise a way to conquer the universe.

They claim that the robot was designed to be used in college level classes for microprocessor design. They call the classes "Microinformatique" - most likely translates to "small robots to take over the universe."

Watch this video of 278 e-pucks. If you ask me, it looks like they're up to something.

They have a lot of stuff packed into a small robot:

70 mm or about 2 3/4 inches in diameter
Cost about 550 Euros or US $600-700

Brains:
The processor onboard is a dsPIC 30F6014 which is a PIC core with a DSP (digitial signal processing) computation unit running at 60 Mhz

Sensors:
8 infrared proximity sensors
3 microphones
1 3-axis accelerometer
1 640x480 color camera

Outputs:
2 wheels
8 LEDs around the body
1 green LED
1 Speaker

Speaks:
RS232
Infrared remote
Bluetooth

Several other I/O interface ports.
Some upgrades that have already been designed are an omnidirectional camera, IR ground sensors and a multicolor LED display ring.

Schematics, drawings and software all available at:
e-puck education robot - Home

2 Comments:

Anonymous kert said...

Otherwise very nice but ..it lacks encoders :(
Is there a similar base platform sold by anyone which would have encoders on wheels preinstalled?

their website should have a poll on what are the missing features

5:06 AM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Encoders are not required as motors are step by step motors so the exact motor displacement is known.

Steph

3:02 AM, November 04, 2006  

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