Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
In this work, we proposed a framework for interfacing the existed manipulators with a modern programming environment. A serial protocol (RS-232) communication between the robot and a computer was developed. Modern and state-of-the-art programming environments, such as MATLAB Robotics Toolbox, or free version of Robotics Toolbox from Peter Corke, etc., can be used to communicate and control the robot. Bypassing the provided and outdated software retired together with the robots by their manufacturers, students now have a greater flexibility to choose programming languages as their preference. Moreover, they can utilize many open source and up-to-date libraries to create their own software to solve vast problems ranging from forward/inverse kinematics/dynamics, path planning, to robot vision and learning in a graphical user-friendly environment. This work was implemented at Colorado State University-Pueblo undergraduate engineering program. Students were exposed to both approaches, using provided software from robot providers and following the new proposed framework. The preliminary student survey was conducted and produced a promising feedback.
Duong, T. H., & Jaksic, N. I. (2018, June), Let’s Not Throw Away that Big and Bulky Manipulator – Revitalize It! Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30770
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