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Let's face it: Whether you are a child (of any age) or a serious researcher, robots are cool. And they can be extremely useful, as burgeoning work in ROV, UAV, search-and-rescue, mapping and surveying, and simple housecleaning has shown. In this talk we'll look at some of the nuts and bolts of building robots and show how to use basic technologies to build a mobile robotic platform for your application (or hobby) for less than $500. We'll compare available choices for batteries, power supplies, motors/wheels, and drive electronics. We will also discuss how to use the Arduino processor and to implement closed loop motor control, and we'll talk about user-space hardware I/O programming in Linux. If you've ever thought about building and/or using a robot, you'll not only be surprised at how easy it can be but will ask yourself why you haven't done it yet!
Mark is a software engineer and has worked in the industry for over 25 years. His first high-tech position was at Denning Mobile Robotics as an electrical engineer/technician. Not sticking to purely UNIX/Linux systems, he is also a contributing author of Tricks of the Windows 3.1 Masters and wrote assorted corporate publications on device driver design during his employ at Keithley Metrabyte. Since that time he has been a CTO during the dotcom boom and director of technology at a Web-based startup. He is currently working as a Principal Engineer at Actifio. While focusing mainly on software for his professional career, his passion remains robotics.
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