Scavenging with a Laptop Robot

Alan Davidson, Julian Mason, Susanna Ricco, Ben Tribelhorn, and Zachary Dodds

This paper overviews the hardware and software components of a robot whose computational engine uses only commodity laptop computers. Web cameras, sonar, and an inexpensive laser-pointer-based ranger provide sensing. By shifting emphasis from engineering precision to computational heft, the robot succeeded at several tasks in the 2005 AAAI scavenger hunt. As a result, this "robot-as-computer-peripheral" design confirms that capable, low-overhead robots are within the price range of a large group of educators and enthusiasts.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 2. Architectures

Submitted: Aug 14, 2006


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