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An Inexpensive Robot Platform for Teleoperation and Experimentation

Daniel A. Lazewatsky and William D. Smart.
In "Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011)", pages 1211-1216, 2011.

Most commercially-available robots are either aimed at the research community, or are designed with a single purpose in mind. The extensive hobbyist community has tended to focus on the hardware and the low-level software aspects. We claim that there is a need for a low-cost, general-purpose robot, accessible to the hobbyist community, with sufficient computation and sensing to run "research-grade" software. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of such a robot. We explicitly outline our design goals, and show how a capable robot can be assembled from off-the-shelf parts, for a modest cost, by a single person with only a few tools. We also show how the robot can be used as a low-cost telepresence platform, giving the system a concrete purpose beyond being a low-cost development platform.

@inproceedings{icra11,
  author = {Lazewatsky, Daniel A. and Smart, William D.},
  title = {An Inexpensive Robot Platform for Teleoperation and Experimentation},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the {IEEE} International Conference on Robotics and Automation ({ICRA 2011})},
  pages = {1211--1216},
  year = {2011}
}