Archive for September 10th, 2008

We love Tramps!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

And no, not the kind you shy away from bringing home to Mom. Specifically, we love T.R.A.M.P. (Trossen Robotics Autonomous Mapping Platform).

The members of the Trossen Robotics Community are at it once again, this time collaborating on a robotics project best described as “a Mars Rover, but for Earth”. This is quite an aggressive project, only made possible by the fact that the development team consists of a range of specialists working together.

The basis behind the project is to create a robot that will be shipped to various members of the Community to explore and log different areas around their house and outdoors. Once it has arrived and is set loose in its new environment it will scan the surroundings using an array of sensors and upload the results to the official Tramp website. Features include:

  • The ability to track and log its travel around the world via GPS, displayed via Google Maps.
  • Scan its surroundings using cameras, range sensors, and LIDAR.
  • Use sensory data to create a 2D and 3D render of the area around it.
  • Sample and log the environmental air quality.
  • An onboard PC for the main controller.
  • Pictures, video, and statistics will be uploaded to the site.

Here is a video of the initial base prototype. At this point in design it looks sort of looks like a trashcan with wheels (the project members are totally going to kick me), but we’ll keep you up to date with progress reports as the project matures. At the end of the video you get a sneak peak under the hood.