Low-cost Outdoor Robot Platform for the Penn State Abington Mini Grand Challenge

Robert Avanzato

A low-cost, autonomous, outdoor mobile robot platform has been designed to facilitate student participation in the Penn State Abington "Mini Grand Challenge" contest. The robot platform consists of a modified PowerWheels electric car robot base, servo-controlled steering and drive, vision system, GPS interface, sonar, and text-to-speech engine with a speaker for interaction with the contest spectators. The expected applications and outcomes of the robot platform and Mini Grand Challenge include curriculum enhancement, increased interest in undergraduate research, recruitment and retention, and K-12 outreach

Content Area: 17.Robotics

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 19. Vision

Submitted: May 10, 2005

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